I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. There are so many traditions I want to enjoy with my kids, Christian and secular. My husband and I have been reading The Birth of Jesus to them, hoping that even at this tender age, they understand Jesus' birth is in fact the true meaning of Christmas. Last year on Christmas Eve, we read Twas The Night Before Christmas and would like to continue that. And of course there is the anticipation of opening presents Christmas morning. What kid doesn't love that! And did I mention decorating?!?
My husband and I also want to share our love of volunteerism with our children, especially during the holidays. My mother always says 'no matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone worse off than you'. Things we take for granted, like presents under the tree, are luxuries for some families. Not to mention heat, food and family.
As you prepare to celebrate the holidays, take a look around and see how you can be an angel is disguise. If bell-ringing isn't in your future, and you have more time than money, invite a lonely senior to Christmas dinner. Clean out your closets and donate some warm clothes to charity. Or clean out your pantry and donate some forgotten cans to a family in need. It's a win-win situation.
Ghandi said 'whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it'. Maybe we can all work that into our Christmas traditions this year.