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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. 

 

Spiritual Growth at Home

Spiritual Growth at Home

It's been said, seen, and even known that our children are great imitators. Especially at the preschool age and school-age of our children. Children are absorbing everything in their environment; physically, emotionally, and mentally. That is why it is so important that our children are not only  learning who God is from teachers at school, volunteers in Sunday school, and pastor at church, but at home for us, parents and guardians. It is so important for our children to have a rock solid foundation of who they are and what God's Truth is.

Where should we start? In the book, the Bible, God's word. Just like children memorize the lines in their favorite movies or the words to their favorite song, they can memorize the Word of the Lord. How? REPETITION! I think the whole world may know the words the Disney's Frozen song "Let it Go" just because of how much it was heard and played and repeated. Let's do this for our children with God's word (but not "play it out"...lol). As parents and guardians, we have so many resources at our disposal: Google, Pinterest, Tater Tots Preschool, (& of course) the Bible.  When googling "memory verses for children", I was brought to a link "10 Easy Bible Verses for Children to Memorize" from a website Ministry-to-Children. It's a perfect start for us and our children!

Another thing children love love love, is story time. Bed time is a perfect place to get our children settled down and begin learning the Bible stories God wrote in His word. There are so many different children Bibles to choose from. Even the Dollar Tree has little cardboard story books from the Bible. Find what works for you and your family and run with it. You will find that YOU, as well as, your children are growing in God's word and growing even closer to Him.