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It’s not hard to see why many children don’t know the real meaning of Christmas. With so much emphasis on the gifts, food, and decorations, the Christmas story can often be overlooked. This can lead to a lot of confusion about the holidays and why we celebrate them. So rather than letting this continue, we as parents should be sharing the meaning of Christmas with our kids. There are plenty of children’s books that tell the story of Jesus’s birth with beautiful illustration and simple wording. But there are plenty of other ways your kids can learn more about why we celebrate Christmas. Use these exciting ideas to help boost your child’s understanding of the holiday season.
Watch a Christmas movie
From Elf to Home Alone, there are hundreds of Christmas movies your kids will enjoy watching this holiday season. But did you know there are also movies that depict the Nativity story? These are not only fun for your kids to watch but can also help them understand the true meaning of Christmas. Your children will love the characters and become fully immersed in the famous story. It can also teach them about kindness and sharing. Why not watch it as a family to make the run up to Christmas day even more enjoyable. Read reviews online for movies like the Little Drummer Boy and the Nativity Story to find the perfect option for your family.
Create a Nativity scene
Nativity scenes continue to be a popular holiday decoration within a home. Some people have small displays using wooden or plastic figurines. Others depict the Nativity with lifesize models and lights outside their homes. Whichever you choose to use, make sure your children help set it up. Creating the nativity scene together will encourage your children to ask more questions about it. They might be confused as to why Jesus is in a manger or want to know more about the wise men. This is the perfect opening for you to share the story of the nativity with them. If having a Nativity display in your home is not possible, take your kids to visit a public Nativity display instead.
Instead of buying your holiday decorations this year, why not get creative with your kids instead. You can paint, draw and create a whole host of decorations and artwork which are bound to make your home stand out. But instead of using images of Santa Claus and Reindeer, use Nativity imagery instead. You can find print-outs online that depict Mary and the wise men which your children can color in. Your kids can copy images from books or use their imagination to create wonderful illustrations. As well as decorations, you can use their creations for Xmas invites and greetings cards too. This will unleash your child’s creativity, while also teaching them the importance of Christmas.
While eating delicious food and receiving gifts is wonderful, it’s vital that your kids know the true meaning of the holidays. So use these ideas to help them gain a full understanding of why Christmas is so important.