By Amy Mia Goldsmith,
A good parent would do practically anything to keep their child happy. Sometimes it involves making difficult decisions and setting rules and boundaries even though that is not what children want in life, but at other times it is all about acting silly and having fun with your family.
A good parent is always a bit goofy, creative, and cheerful, and such parents always do their best to put a smile on their children’s faces. When it comes to Christmas, every action is also full of emotions, good intentions, and the universal message of kindness parents are trying to convey.
Loving little rituals
Christmas is a time when you are close with your family and you do whatever you can to show them your love. For family members that can’t make it home, you can get Christmas ecards at Hallmark, but for those that are there during Christmas it’s all about little rituals and traditions: stay in bed late, spend the morning in your PJs, drink warm chocolate in bed all together while you watch Christmas movies.
Have breakfast really late and eating plenty of things you don’t usually eat: cookies, marshmallows, and sweets. Let your kids be kids for a while longer; a morning filled with sweets, soft blankets, warm hugs, and cartoons is all a family really needs on a Christmas morning.
Buying decorations is fun, but it is also expensive, and you probably know plenty of other things you could do with that money. This is another reason why you could try making holiday decorations with your family.
It is a fun way to spend time and bond; it allows you to use your creativity to the fullest, but also to save a few dollars at the same time. Make your own wreaths using burlap, candies, or old family photographs. Bake a ton of popcorns and make strings of it to decorate the Christmas tree, and use colourful paper to cut little stars and hearts to hang all over your home. It’s all about creativity and having fun as a family, and your children will remember the festive air of those days for years to come.
It’s not about the price
A long time ago, Oscar Wilde said that people know the price of everything and yet know the value of nothing. Materialism is everywhere and men and women all over the world constantly seek expensive and popular things. Sadly, such is the case with children too; they will see a toy commercial on TV and want a toy just like that.
Teach your children that it is not about the price, but the value. Things they make with their own hands and toys which may be plain have as much magic as expensive robots with LED lights. Toys don’t have to have brand mention in order to be good toys; they are here to help your child have a more vivid imagination. Here you can find plenty of children’s toys that both you and your child will love, and you will not have to spend a fortune in order to get them.
Learn to share
In order to teach our children about the world, it is necessary to talk to them about people and children who do not have as much as they do, who are not blessed with a warm home and plenty of toys. Make a plan to donate some of your own things and theirs to the ones who need it most: the Red Cross or some other charity. Inspire them to give and they will grow to be selfless persons full of compassion and desire to help. After all, Christmas is a time for little miracles and the gift of generosity.
Even though it is difficult to teach children that Christmas is not about presents and candies, you should be persistent because once they realize that holiday spirit is about giving and sharing, they will grow up to be better people. Every family has its own little Christmas rituals established long ago to make children happy, and presents go hand-in-hand with the story of kindness and generosity.
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About the author:
Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne with a lot of different interests in life. Her absolute favorite role is the role of a loving mother. If you wish to contact her, message her on her Facebook page or Twitter.