We love Christmas. It is such a special family time that allows for us to re-look at our basic believes, celebrate family and helps us train our children in the art of giving.
I still have the desire to do a full-out Christmas of giving to the poor and lonely on Christmas day but with little people this has not yet been a reality. Therefore we spend time focusing on giving to family and close friends. This involves every child making gifts for others.
As a family we’ve decided to separate Christ’s birth and St Nicholas. We therefor celebrate st Nicholas day – in our own family way – on 6 December. This has been great as St Nicolas was an amazing man and his life teaches our children to give. This sets the tone for our festive season.
This year we added the celebration of Hanukkah which happened to fall over Christmas and this too has helped us focus on Jesus as the light of our lives.
Finally we celebrate Christmas by making our own Christ centered decorations, we make Christmas crackers, our Christmas cake, cards and gifts. On about the 16th December we go tree hunting and spend an evening putting up our tree – which is a whole adventure in its self. Christmas day then begins with stockings, us going to church, Christmas cake and gift giving and which is then followed a huge family-lunch.
It’s taken us 10 years to formulate what works well for us, how to keep Christ the focus and how to have relevant fun activities running through out this time of year and with that we have created many fun family traditions and memories that will last for ever!