Preparing for Christmas with four little kids is no easy task, to say the least. It is, however, joyful…for the most part. This Christmas is an extra exciting one because it is Oliver’s first Christmas.
Each year we have a few traditions we try to keep. Because of the kind of person I am, some traditions end up becoming biennial events.
One of our traditions is making gingerbread houses from scratch. Haha! Just kidding! These are those kits from Walmart. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Maybe next year or the year after or never.
To make life easier, I bought the mini gingerbread village so that everyone could decorate their own small house instead of one big house. I can’t be sure if it made my life easier because I was too busy running back and forth between everyone to help them.
And it wasn’t long before they were eating their houses.
One thing I’ve done differently this year that has helped with my ever-present stress is simplifying decorations. We put up a very simply tree, a couple garlands, and a wreath and that’s it.
It’s been nice not worrying so much about decorations this year. Who needs all that worry anyway when I should be focusing on the true meaning of Christmas – celebrating our Lord’s love and faithfulness to us by becoming a tiny baby. THAT’S what I want my children to know about Christmas.
“…She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!