Jr is earning stickers on his “good choices chart” toward the goal of setting the Christmas decorations up for the season. The kid loves him some Christmas decorations, so the incentive to make good choices and fill that chart is strong.
I am glad, and I am being very generous in rewarding those good choices, because I REALLY want him to get there.
Frankly in this family, to borrow from one of my favorite Broadway show-tunes: We need a little Christmas, right this very minute.
Actually, I think we need a Christmas explosion to spread throughout this house – we need every reminder of the joy of this season, and why we celebrate it. We need the togetherness, the songs, the warmth, and the reason to recall and be consumed by the love of a God who sent his son to be born in a barn and save the whole world.
The last few months have been kind of a lot. Heck, the last year has been kind of a lot. Good and bad, but very fast paced and intense. I feel like we are all on overload – puzzle pieces that should fit together, but we are all turned just slightly in opposite directions or something. A kiddo who is growing up fast and parents who are trying to help him navigate big kid joys and frustrations, with varying degrees of success. New interests and activities and friends intertwining with the older ones, changing schedules, all whirling around each other.
Like I said, it’s been a lot.
Christmas always brings the focus back to everything central and important – family, community, giving to others…. and most of all, the story of Christ’s birth.
I am ready to see my sweet boy playing with his manger, eager to hear him asking for us to read the Christmas story over and over, longing to see his sweet face by candlelight at Christmas eve service. I am so ready to just bring it all back to that.
Have you seen Star From Afar ?
I love the idea of it, and I am considering adding it to our family Christmas traditions – too cute. You hide the star in a different spot each day, and as your kiddos find it, they move the wisemen to it. You can share some scripture as a family each night, and on Christmas eve you move it to the top of the manger so that Christmas morning the wisemen come to the end of the journey. Such a simple but powerful way to bring the story to life, isn’t it?
Come on kiddo – earn those last few stickers, I cannot bring myself to Respect The Turkey this year. I am bursting to bring the light and the love and the healing of Christmas into our home, and our hearts.