Tuesday, December 14, 2010

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

As Christmas approaches… our first as a family, Skip and I have been discussing what we want our Holiday traditions to be.

We’ve reminisced on our own happy childhoods, discussed the overindulgent nature of Christmas in society today, and gathered ideas from some great friends. {thanks, Diane!}

We have pulled close to our hearts the things that make Christmas special to us.

That is Faith, family, love, and sharing. Sharing of our possessions, time, love, and passion for Christ.

From the very beginning we want Kherington to focus on the celebration of Jesus’ birth and what that means for us as Christians. Christmas is about Emmanuel! God is with us, ya’ll. It’s incredible.

Sure, we hope she will believe in the magic of Santa someday, but only as someone who helps us celebrate Christ’s birth.

The Bible tells us about the Magi who followed the star to worship Jesus in Bethlehem. They brought Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Taking a piece of this Christmas story, we have decided to give our children three gifts each year, just as baby Jesus received from the Three Wise Men.

So rather than joining the overzealous shoppers in the mall this year, we have chosen three simple gifts for Kherington from Mommay & Daddy/Santa. {And maybe a few goodies in her stocking}

This year she is receiving a handmade name puzzle… because it is never too early to start learning such a tough name!

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A crawl tunnel to explore and play in.

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And a few gently used books, with which to enrich her mind and spark her creativity.

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And when she is old enough, we will teach her about giving to others. We might share toys with those less fortunate, volunteer to ring the salvation army bell, take old clothes to shelters, give joyfully at church, or just help a friend in need.

We want her to be a grateful, joyful child that understands that Christmas is so much more than stockpiling toys and begging for expensive gifts.

But to be completely honest, we can’t wait to see her face light up at the magic of Christmas.

This year it might be excitement over tissue paper and crinkly bags. Next year it might be Santa and a favorite present. Later it will be amazement at the story of Jesus’ birth. And hopefully it will always be love.


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4 comments:

sissy000 said...

Great plan! Jesus really IS the reason for this season.

Mindy said...

Hi Chelsea! It's Mindy, from Bulverde Fun Center! I'm so happy to have a local blog friend!! It was great to meet you and I can't wait to sit down later tonight and read more of your blog!

Mindy said...

We do 3 gifts also!

Diane said...

I am glad that you and Skip have chosen to embrace our tradition as well!! Mickayla is 3 1/2 this Christmas and it was great to explain to her all about Jesus's birth and the Nativity! I know that it will be a blessed Christmas!

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