For most people Christmas time is associated with presents and festive dishes. But this great holiday has also some other crucial idea. That is to teach our children essential values. I will give you some tips on how to give a good lesson to your kids while celebrating Christmas. No doubt children all over the world adore this fantastic holiday. Winter holidays enable all people, kids and adults, to feel the majestic festive atmosphere and experience positive emotions. Christmas season is like a fairy-tale and we certainly have a desire that it never finishes.
Nowadays we begin to forget about the real values of Christmas. Some material things like presents come to the first place. I’m convinced that children usually look forward to the holiday only because of gifts, delicious food and bright decorations. Surely that is very nice. But to enjoy the material things is not the complete meaning of Christmas. There is something more important. We should try to send the main idea of this season to our kids’ minds and hearts.
It’s the task of all parents to reveal the essence of Christmas to their children. So it’s necessary to remember the basic values which are to be taught to your children. When some time passes they will definitely appreciate your lessons.
1. Celebrate Love
This wonderful holiday is a nice opportunity to show your love to others. And don’t forget to tell about that to your kids. Teach them to be kind, tolerant and loving with their family and friends. For example you can make it a tradition to write Christmas cards for each other. There you will express your great love to your children and how much you appreciate them. They should do the same. Certainly love doesn’t mean only good and pleasant words, your actions can speak about your feelings more than anything else. That’s why make sure that during Christmas time your home will be filled with high spirits, love, kindness and mutual understanding.
2. Appreciate Simplicity
It is one of the primary values for your kids. You should explain them that simplicity in everything is a real treasure. Very often a simple thing can hide a great meaning and significance. For instance, a Christmas present can be simple and cheap but its meaning to a person is priceless. If you put a part of your soul, heart and love into that present the person who receives it will be the happiest in the world. And no matter how much your gift costs. It is reasonable to teach our kids to take part in Christmas preparation process. Let them make crafts gifts for family members, prepare creative decorations for the room or just help you to cook some exquisite Christmas food for the festive dinner. In such way you will enable your children to understand that the most precious presents and things are those which made with love. It will help them in their future life to value all simple things which surround them. They won’t be upset if one day they can’t get something they desired so much. They will enjoy simple moments of their life.
3. Increase Their Faith
The main figure of Christmas is Jesus Christ. I’m sure that kids around the world know much about Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. And that is fair because these figures are in some way the symbols of New Year. Still we shouldn’t forget to introduce Jesus to our children as he is directly connected with the origin of this magnificent holiday. Your child will be pleased to hear the story of Jesus birth in the manger. It will certainly warm the heart of your little one. In order to stimulate faithful spirits in your kids decorate your home with special things that represent the story of Jesus Christ’s birth. You should observe all the traditions of this holiday together with the whole family. In addition, prayer before the festive dinner will be the best way to strengthen children’s faith and honor the holiday.
4. Be Grateful
It’s very important to teach your kids to be grateful for everything they get. Not only Christmas presents and other material things should be appreciated but also some spiritual blessings as love, family, friends and others. To make it easier, you can tell to your children to write a list of things which they are really thankful for. Put that list near the infant Christ during special prayer. In such way you can show to your children that we must be grateful to God for everything we have in our life.
5. Make Hope Live in Their Hearts
It’s very difficult and almost impossible to live without hope in our hearts. We should constantly wish something and dream in order to succeed in our life. So try to encourage your kids in their desires and dreams about some incredible things. At Christmas time all members of the family should unite their wishes and hopes and tell about them to others. It will be a splendid idea to give your appreciation to the family, to value their good sides and to tell how much important they are for us. Together with the kids you can make the top list of wishes and hopes of your family. Save that list until the next year and after analyze which of the wishes come true. Be thankful to God for all blessings. Make it your annual tradition.
6. Unite as a Family
Christmas season is a nice opportunity to spend more time with your family, to communicate with children, to do different common activities which will definitely unite all the members and make your family stronger. There are numerous activities and entertainments which you can try during the holiday. For example you can sing Christmas songs together with your kids or watch a film about the holiday. You should plan in advance your Christmas activities with the family. The main point of all traditional festivities observed in your family is to show to the children the significance of family ties and strength, which can be reached only through the time spend together. Christmas moments experienced with your family should be unforgettable.
7. Share Christmas Delight with Others
We can feel the complete Christmas happiness and joy only when we share it with someone else. Give your positive and delightful emotions to other family members. And certainly inspire your child for doing that. Only this way you can teach the children to value the most sacred moments of this holiday. There are so many people with whom your kids can share their Christmas cheer. But they should start from those who are the closest to them, their friends and family. Help your children to realize that the essential idea of Christmas is to enjoy the happiness not only from the presents received. They also must learn to be happy while doing something good for others.
We can see that there so many various values due to which we should appreciate Christmas. Parents have to explain their kids that not only gifts and entertainments make this holiday such great. By all means we should teach our children the primary Christmas values. They must always remember that Christmas spirit should be in their hearts and souls. I think you can also try to send the true meaning of Christmas to your child’s mind with the help of these values.