Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you!
Remember that song? It’s been running through my head all day. It probably doesn’t have much to do with kids other than that it was on a tape I used to own of John Denver and the Muppets.
But the truth is, Christmas IS coming. And I think as Christian parents we often struggle with Christmas. It was such a magical time when we were kids, but then we discovered that it’s not supposed to be about the presents, and we started to resent Christmas, just a bit. We were told that it wasn’t supposed to be about the presents, but Jesus’ birth didn’t seem like a terribly exciting occasion, having learned about it every year since infancy.
So what is a parent to do?
How can we make the Christ part of Christmas exciting and relevant for our littles?
How can we even make it the focal point and maybe even slowly move toward it being the only point? (not sure we’ll ever be there because frankly, I like presents. But hey, some families do it!)
Over the next few weeks, I hope to bring you a few simple ideas that you can use to help your little ones remember that it’s not just about the presents and Santa and elves on shelves. But the Christ part of Christmas doesn’t have to be boring either. We can make new Christmas traditions, ones full of joy and laughter, ones with a little eternal meaning tossed in there for good measure.
So hopefully over the next few weeks, I will have a penny full of thoughts for you on how to make Jesus’ birth exciting and real for your kids. Or at least a ha’penny’s worth of thoughts. 🙂
At any rate, God bless you!