Christmas is a very Spiritually Time of Year, but how do you excite your children to the Amazing Story of Christmas?
Over the years, Christmas has become so much more about presents and what you will “get” from Santa, then from the true meaning of Christmas. So how do parents and grandparents help their Christian children and grandchildren get as excited about the true story of Christmas?
I would like to suggest that there are two wonderful ways that you can make a difference in how your children will approach Christmas.
First, read to your children! Grandparents if you get the opportunity, read to your grandchildren.
Story time on Grandpas lap is a special time and reading to them is a memory that will last through time. Take advantage of that special time to read them stories. Even our Christian heritage had been passed down through the generations, by the telling of stories. Jesus Christ himself told stories or parables. It was an easy way for the average person to understand what was important in life. Today, it works with children who have limited language. And truth be known, when you go back in history to the time of Jesus, the average person could not read or write. Scribes were called that because they had the ability and knowledge to write.
What should you be reading?
Well, that’s easy, books that are geared to their age level and hopefully ones that are full of pictures. I have made some choices for you, but there are hundreds more to choose from! Start here and see what you like:
Our children are our biggest assets and they can become very jaded with the commercialization of Christmas. For many Christian parents, this is not acceptable. So they work extra hard to make sure their children know the true meaning of Christmas through books and music.
What music should you be listening to?
That’s easy to answer. At Christmas time they will be hearing all kinds of “secular” music. Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, but they will also hear some spiritual music as well. Joy to the World, We Three Kings, Silent Night, Holy Night and many more.
Here is just a small compilation of songs that all children will know or if they don’t know them yet, they will be eager to learn them. They are all very melodic and easy to listen to.
Making music a part of your daily life during the time leading up to Christmas will certainly help to open the doors to questions from the little ones. That is the beginning of making Christmas a truly Blessed time of year.