It has been and age since I was here last...I have wanted to post many times, but with the craziness of the season I haven't made the time.
All the gifts have been opened, most of the mess cleaned up, part of the suitcases unpacked, and there is a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground. I think I'll stay tucked in doors for a wee bit longer. I have no pictures to share today...honestly, I just haven't downloaded them yet. It's on my to do list.
I am grateful for all of the good things that were given to us this Christmas. So much generosity, but honestly it was too much. I know that family likes to spoil, the kids especially, but when I look at the pile of things that I now need to find homes for, I feel tired. But, mostly, I feel overwhelmed and thoughtful of the kids that didn't receive anything this year. I want to raise grateful children. Children that appreciate what they are given. Children that do not feel entitled to receive everything they ever wanted and more. Children with compassionate hearts for those who have need.
So here is what I am thinking:
Asking family to cut back the gifts to each child.
And if they feel they want to do more, then say, one gift per child...perhaps they could put money in their saving accounts or buy them savings bonds for college. Or even buy a gift in the child's name for a someone in need.
There is no need to buy me a thing...they should spend that money on something they need instead.
I know my kids are happy with all of their new things and it was truly a joy to see the excitement on their faces when they opened their gifts. However, when it was all said and done I could tell they were overwhelmed and a little glazed over...and oh so hyper.
Plus, I want more of the focus to be on the whole reason we celebrate Christmas...Jesus birth. I dropped the ball on that this year...my busyness got in the way. They bounced from toy to toy, leaving chaos in their wake.
I think this year helped me realize more of what I want for my children and family...Christ centredness, instilling the value of gratefulness, and being about the business of helping those in need.
I am going to make it my mission to create the advent celebration I long for, for next year. To focus on the family things and less on the material aspect of it all...That's what I think my children will remember the most as they grow.