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How To Make Christmas About Christmas

I wish I could say these were my ideas but I can't.虽然我不记得在哪里读的,I vividly recall how one brief article transformed the Christmas season in our home.

大约23年前,our oldest was six and we were expecting our fourth son.假期快到了,我回想起前四个圣诞节,当圣诞老人和耶稣在一起的时候”equal billing"在我们家里。作为年轻的父母,我们正在建立家庭传统,圣诞节肯定需要改进。

以前,感恩节一结束,我会装饰我们的家,开始鼓起对即将到来的圣诞老人的兴奋。当圣诞商品目录里有很多玩具的时候,I'd share them with the boys.It would keep them entertained for hours!你说什么?

我希望今年与众不同,把耶稣诞生的庆祝活动和奉献给圣诞节最前线的喜悦带给我们。So,当我需要帮助时,我总是做我经常做的事。I prayed and read.

That's when I found the article.这是一份时间恰到好处的礼物,上面写着:As soon as the Christmas catalogues are delivered to your house put them away so they are not accessible to the kids.(再见,免费保姆!) Don't focus on Santa and the fact that he is going to bring presents.圣诞老人会被无情地灌输给你的孩子们。他们到处都能看到和听到他的消息。Consider it all good and part of the season.不要批评它。Just don't feed it."他说:“这是一个很好的选择。”

就是这样!我意识到孩子们在我的领导下,我决定改变方向。One day a few weeks before Christmas,I told the boys to write Santa their letter.他们写的,邮寄了,就这样。(In the past,我们真的给圣诞老人发了修订版!)

当圣诞老人的话题出现时,we talked about him,但是没有我的燃料圣塔激情”孩子们没有把注意力集中在他们将要做的事情上。”获得“圣诞节。

文章建议我们在家里放圣诞音乐,和邻居的孩子一起去唱圣诞颂歌。We did and our neighbors loved it.It suggested we invite our pastor over for dinner.我们做到了,孩子们最后和他玩哑谜。

最独特的建议是强调约瑟夫对玛丽和耶稣的忠诚。This was especially lovely as it was likely we were raising four future husbands and fathers.

文章说给孩子们一美元放在救世军的水壶里以鼓励他们慷慨大方。当你烤的时候,让孩子们把盘子递给邻居。它说是为了帮助孩子们识别并带上礼物给一个人,除了老师,who worked at their school.

最后的建议是收养一个家庭”在学校或教堂,和孩子们一起买礼物。(这一想法贯穿整个高中。我喜欢看着我们的青少年精心挑选礼物送给他们永远不会见面的人。)

我们尝试了每一个想法,结果是立即和悄悄地谦卑。我在抚养我们四个儿子的过程中,经历了很多育儿方面的错误,但自从23年前读到那篇文章后,Christmas has mostly been about Christmas.