How do you make Christmas meaningful for young children?
How do you teach them that it's about:
(Original artwork by Keenan)
I know my kids are young, but I'm also pretty sure that Keenan especially is old Enough to grasp this. He knows the Christmas story and we talk about it and they have covered it over and over at school and Sunday school with him. But yet, just now when I asked him, "What is Christmas about?", he said, "It's about getting presents". My heart sank. When I prodded him further, he said, "It's about celebrating God's birthday", but how can I cultivate a heart in him that thinks of this First, not second??
How do I bring up kids that think of others first at this time of year (and always)? Where does a "giving is better than receiving" attitude start?
We have involved the kids with picking out things for Operation Christmas Child, and they are well aware that these are for "children on the other side of the world who don't have anything". They've picked out little gifts at the store for each other, and Philip (and Spunky), so they know that giving to others is part of it too, but I still feel that I've failed them in some way.
My question is: How do You (or did you) make Christmas real to your kids? I'm not opposed to Santa and trees and presents and all of that, but how do you make the Gospel story that IS Christmas real and alive in your child's hearts? Comment away!