Xmas Decorations for the Children
Do you shy away from decorating your home every Christmas, viewing it as more of a chore than a joy? Do you dread having to untangle the lights so that they can be hung up outside the house and then taken down and tangled up again in a few weeks?
Obviously what you do to celebrate and observe the holiday is your business, but before you say “bah humbug” to the entire practice of decorating, give some thought as to how important it can be for your children.
Children especially respond to what they see and even the simplest of Christmas decorations can make the entire season seem more festive. They respond to the twinkling lights and things like garland and Christmas ornaments, even if these things are perfect and your home doesn’t look as if it was decorated by a professional.
Hanging decorations is also a good tradition you can begin with your children, and it can give you a way to spend some quality time together. You can shut off the phones and computers and video games and have time to talk while you string popcorn or decorate the tree.
Decorations may also be a good way for the children to get to know their own family as well. When you hang decorations and ornaments that have been passed down to you, this is a time to talk about your family history and stories from your own childhood and family, and stories about their grandparents and so on. They can feel closer to their own family and learn much about their own heritage as it’s expressed through their Christmas decorations and traditions.