This morning at breakfast Malaki gave thanks to God for our oatmeal and “that tomorrow is Christmas and I get to open my presents!” The ‘good parent’ inside of me wanted to correct him after the “Amen,” and remind him that Christmas isn’t about the presents.
I didn’t, though, because we’ve been over that about thirty times in the last two weeks. Also, I want my kids to thank God always- even for the material pleasures of a season that can be hijacked by consumerism. Malaki knows that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’s birth. Kassie reads an Advent reading with the kids each morning before Malaki heads to school. Christ is our focus and the presents are just a great fringe-benefit.
So parents, keep on putting Jesus first in your conversations about Christmas. At the same time, let your kids get excited about their new toys. Let them watch the Home Alone movies (just not Home Alone 4 or 5, that would be evil). Eat a sugar cookie or four.
If the whole world was throwing a birthday party for me, I think I’d want the kids to be having the time of their lives.