It is all too easy during the Christmas season to focus merely on the gifts, food and parties! However, the true meaning, even if you are not religious, can still be taught.
Libraries and bookshops are full of Christmas books. Choose books that tell the story of Jesus’ birth or ones that promote caring for others the importance of family rather than a Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty story. Some good choices for young children include:
B is for Bethlehem
Room for a Little One
Who is Coming to Our House
Why not make this a special time each night, perhaps snuggling up in front of the Christmas tree and reading by candlelight or flashlight with a cup of hot cocoa at hand? Everyone would certainly get that Christmas feeling!
Don’t forget to focus on the gifts you have given to others! Talk about how thankful we are to receive gifts and how lucky we are for the things we have compared to children in other countries. Your children may remember the school sending shoe boxes to Romania for example. Take your time on Christmas day opening presents as it gives everyone time to reflect and be thankful and say thanks!
Why not find out about the story of Saint Nicholas, the real man on whom the Santa legend is based?
The children have studied Christmas stories from all over Europe this term so asking them to tell you the story or finding out more together could be an interesting activity!
In closing, I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year! I hope we can all have peaceful break and a very pleasant and thankful household over the festive period. See you all again in January, full of energy and enthusiasm!