I’ve decided to change things up this year. And I’m starting now, by preparing my thought process. This post will likely be all over the place because I’m working out the details in my head as I write. Brace yourselves, a thought storm is coming your way…
We are not doing a ton of Christmas presents this year. Our kiddos already have so much. So much, in fact, that we make multiple trips to donation centers every year. I think there’s a point where too many “things” overwhelm them and they don’t play with any of it. I know too many “things” overwhelm their Mama to the point of insanity, and wine on weeknights… But seriously, they love to play with their imaginations so much that more than a few toys seem futile. Chloe has only ever really played with her My Little Ponies, the rest of the toys sat idly by until her little Sister came along. And Evie only plays with purses and high heels for the most part. So why spend a month making lists, spending money, and buying things that will wind up in a toy bin having never been played with and ultimately donated? The real reason I began to think about not going present crazy this year is when I think about Christmas, all I think is presents, and I want to put the focus back on Jesus. After all, there would be no Christmas without Him!
Making Jesus our Focus this Christmas
We will still do a couple of presents, and a “Santa” gift, and I may find things the kids need for school, or just in general, and wrap them up because they have so much fun opening gifts. But this December our focus will be on finding creative ways to teach our girls about Jesus. His birth, life, death, our salvation and every detail we can possibly fit in. This is going to be a blast! I’m talking crafts, baking, card making, field trips, reading etc all with meaning! Heck, I may even have us all out singing ‘O Holy Night’ on our neighbor’s porches. In which case, I’ll likely need someone to bail me out of jail because my singing voice is downright offensive. Another thing I would really like to do this year is take my six year old to the homeless shelter and hand out gifts and serve food on Christmas. My Aunt did this last year and said it was such an amazing experience to be able to love on those who need it most. It actually makes me tear up just thinking about how much love I feel inside for these people. Feelings like these remind me that we are serving our purpose by serving others. It’s in our bones, y’all. We are designed for it.
This is going to be more of a challenge for me than the kids, because I’ve spent 30 years of my life getting and receiving too many presents to count. I LOVE TO BUY PEOPLE GIFTS. LOVE. But I *despise* clutter. And when I buy my kiddos tons of gifts, I create clutter, and we all suffer 😛
My Favorite Part
Back in December 2010 Chloe prompted me to start throwing Jesus a Birthday party. See my post about it here, and grab the free printables. It is our favorite thing to do in December. As she gets older, the parties become more elaborate. I let her take full creative control. She is all about the details, and in this case her mind goes directly to Jesus’ life. She needs to know more about Him so she can throw the perfect party. It’s a win win.
Want to join me in Making Jesus our Focus this Christmas?
A helpful resource for a Christ centered Christmas is “Truth in the Tinsel” a friend of mine sent me a link to it earlier this year. It has craft ideas and daily scripture readings. I also have this pretty Advent Calendar that we cannot wait to start using.
Since this is our first year to really change things up, I’ll likely be posting more about our little adventure. Like, when I accidentally buy more than two presents (really hoping I don’t mess this part up!) and how the kids handle the change. I think they’ll do just fine. Have some ideas we can all use? I would love to hear them in the comments! Have you written a blog about this very subject? Link to it below, I’d love to read it!