Christmas trees, lights, parties, presents, jingles, the list goes on. I guess it’s not hard to know Christmas is drawing near when everywhere we turn are “signs” announcing that the occasion is just around the corner.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for me and my family. Other than the fact that it is in December when both my husband and daughter celebrate their birthdays, it’s the also the school holidays which means no waking early or completing homework!
But Christmas means something more to us. As Christians, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the salvation of mankind. We do so with fellow Christians and friends in our church at the service on Christmas Eve and on the 25th.
As a family, we are cautious that with the increased commercialization of the occasion, its true significance could be lost. Even going to church, attending services and singing Christmas hymns could become a ritual or routine over time. So, we have Christmas family traditions to help us remember why we celebrate.
We would get a cake as we do for someone’s birthday. As our children are still relatively young (9 and 3 years of age), we want it to be an experience that they can relate with as well as look forward to.
Besides blowing the candles and cutting the cake (and polishing every single bit of it from the plate thereafter!), we take time to share what we are thankful for in the year! We do this because we know that we are prone to taking many things, such as life, health, family, etc, for granted and it is human nature to lament over what we don’t have. We implement this “thanksgiving time” not just to teach our kids to be grateful for what they have, but as a reminder for ourselves that we are indeed very blessed in many ways. When we deliberately count our blessings, we naturally forget our lack. So take this time of the year to count your blessings and name them one by one!