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The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

American culture teaches us that Christmas is all about Santa, gifts, and stringing cranberries, but the true meaning is so much more meaningful and beautiful. 

Building a family with a solid faith base is so powerful and rewarding. Christmas is a season where we reflect on the birth of our King and you can do so by showing kindness and giving. Sounds easy enough, right? Try teaching these fundamentals to a fidgety 3-5 year old. 

When I was a kid I remember having a typical 'American' Christmas but the core was always centered around Jesus. We would often donate gifts, volunteer at food banks, or participate in our local church activities. Looking back, all of those things really helped me appreciate the season and the different meanings it holds. It wasn't all about the presents, cookies, or my own self centered wants. 

Here are a few ways that might be helpful...

Be animated
Who doesn't love story telling? Why not make the story of Jesus the best story they'll ever here? How cool is it that three wise men follow a huge start to find jesus! 

Be intentional
I've learned that children want to learn, no matter the subject. They thrive on curiosity and asking questions. Try explaining the mindblowing love that Jesus has for us, and support it with facts from the bible in a way that a child could easily mentally digest. 

Break the news about Santa
As a kid, I can't recall a time where I actually believed in Santa. I think by growing up in a faith based home, I just knew that Jesus was the reason for the season (lucky rhyme)! But for those kiddos who still firmly believe in Saint Nick, how about breaking the news gently with a soft explanation. Execution is everything.

Now that they know Santa is out and Jesus is in, what now? Get them involved!
There is nothing better than getting the family involved in a community activity – especially when it involves helping the needy. Check out your local food or gift bank for the less fortunate, volunteering is a great way to teach your child about helping others, taking initiative, and being kind the way Jesus intended his children to be. 

 

Day After Christmas

Day After Christmas

Now that it is the day after one of the biggest holidays, what is there to do? Is there still prepping going on for New Year Eve? Are Christmas decorations slowing getting taken down? Are there plans for New Year resolutions? Is there plans to visit family? Shopping? Did you get to stay in your pjs all day? Whatever your plan was, It's nice that Christmas was on Friday this year so there was time for a little breather and relaxation over the weekend. We hope your Christmas day was blessed with lots of love and good times, and it lingers into this weekend.

'Twas the Light Before Christmas

'Twas the Light Before Christmas

Can you believe how fast these last few weeks of 2015 are going? It is almost December 12, when we will have our Christmas celebration with our families here at Tater Tots Preschool. 'Twas the Light Before Christmas and refreshments takes place this Saturday, December 12 from 6pm to 8:30 pm. 

For more information please visit this link 'Twas the Light Before Christmas or you may also call Ms. Chelsea at 707-422-3414

Something we've added to this evening's play, is an Art Gallery Fundraiser. We will be showcasing our children's artwork. Each original piece will have a suggested donation price on the tag and you will be able to purchase art after the play. The art gallery will be on display beginning December 12 through December 18.