I, personally, have
found a few ways to achieve this goal (even though I am still
working on it) One of those ways is to remind my children of what
the true meaning of Christmas is. My little three year old says
she loves Christmas because ďI get presents!Ē What a ripe time
for me to teach her thatís not what itís all about. I told her
that Christmas is more than just getting presents and putting up a
tree with decorations as fun as those things may be Ė itís
truly about Jesus being born and coming to earth to save our sins.
Itís about sharing that love that he showed us Ė with those we
hold dear in our hearts.
I am also trying to start getting more educational toys and other
items such as things for their rooms or clothing items to mix in
with a few toys at Christmas. I want my children to enjoy being
children but I also want them to learn, grow, and appreciate the
other things in their lives as well.
We started making a popcorn garland last year. Something I
hadnít done since I was young and even then I only did it once
or twice. This helps us sit down as a family, embrace an old
tradition and talk and laugh while creating something beautiful
together. It slows us down.
I start playing Christmas music in November. One month is just too
short of a time to enjoy all that beautiful Christmas music! This
also puts me in the mood to start getting organized so I donít
feel stressed and hurried at the last minute.
I hope you and your family can find your own ways to truly enjoy
and embrace all the magic the Holiday season can offer your heart
and soul. There is so much meaning that can be gathered at this
time of year. Donít hurry through it.
And on behalf of my family, and me I pray that God will draw
closer to your heart this coming year filling you with love. I
hope for everyone good health, special friends, and a joy to live
life and help others.
by: Dionna Sanchez celebrates Christmas with her family
from their home in Idaho. Visit her Emphasis On Moms website to
get encouragement for your heart at www.EmphasisOnMoms.com/