It’s the little things . . .
I learned years ago that it’s the little things that make Christmas memorable for your children.
When we first started our family, we always bought each child a package of socks (along with a few other gifts–money was tight, of course). It became a tradition, and every year socks was one of the first things we bought in preparation for Christmas morning.
Over the years our family has grown, and it now takes the better part of a morning to wrap all the various sized packages of socks. They range in size from “little” little girl’s size to extra-tall men’s socks (our son-in-law is a BIG boy). This year our numbers grew to an even baker’s dozen (13), and it always amuses me when we’re going through the check-out line to see the look on the clerk’s face as she rings up multiple packages of socks in every size and type. (Each child and grandchild all have their distinctive favorites!)
I wouldn’t dream of not buying them socks now though. It’s become a tradition, and I know from hearing them talk about it that it is very special to them. When I asked my daughter-in-law for ideas for gifts for our son, she mentioned a few things, then added: “But I know he will be excited to get socks. He really likes getting socks every Christmas.”
Some things never change.
I’m sure there are traditions at your house for Christmas. Whether it’s a particular fruit salad you fix every year, or a special spot where they always hung their stockings when they were little, your children remember these things, that to us may not seem that significant. But to them, they are precious memories.
This year in the midst of all your Christmas festivities though, be sure that when you’re creating special memories with your children to include the TRUE meaning of Christmas. Perhaps read the Christmas story of Christ’s birth from Luke Chapter 2 just before they turn in for the night, or sing some old carols that heralded the coming of Jesus. Talk about and remind your children often of the most important gift we’ve ever received.
Those little things may not seem like much, but those are the things your children will remember – and when it comes right down to it, they are the only things that matter.
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this things which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”