This morning I showed my boys this short (it's worth it!) video that my brother sent. It has a great message. Henry stood there silent and watched and then asked to watch it again. and again. Each time I added a few comments, making sure they got the message. But I realized that he got it. The feeling.
This is the season where we can get so wrapped up and overloaded with all the activities, events, celebrations, preparations, planning, shopping, spending etc.
But it is important to think about the two words that make up the beginning of this holiday season. THANKS and GIVING.
This month we give thanks for the many treasures in our lives. The people, the traditions, the experiences...life. And we follow up the Novembers month of Thanks with Decembers month of giving. As I raise my children I always worry they won't grow up with the excitement to give - because it is only natural that littles focus and get so excited about the "getting".
This year I want to focus on the giving. I want to celebrate the giving up our need to spend, bake, and busy ourselves. But rather give more time to continuing to establish the little traditions that make our family a force to reckon with. I want our "family force" to pull our children home when they fly the coop. A force that will have them needing to gather together. A force that will have them yearning to give to others their time, their passions, and their love.
It's time to start thinking about new traditions you want to start in December so that you can be ready to go and you don't miss the opportunity.
One tradition a friend shared that I am hoping to try this year has to do with all the Christmas and holiday books. They take all their holiday books for the winter season and they wrap them all up. Each day the children get to open one and that is the holiday bedtime story for the day. If you don't have enough holiday books on your own bookshelf, well, hit up the library and just wrap and make sure to open those first. Children find SO MUCH excitement and joy in wrapping and unwrapping. Adding a little anticipation and silliness to the presentation of the books can be a new tradition in our home. We'll have to wait and see if it is tradition worthy.
And I plan to have them help wrap too!
So what traditions do you already have going in your family for this holiday season? Any that you have heard of that you are going to try?