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Getting into the Christmas Spirit


There’s a lot of pressure on families at Christmas but what a great time to show your kids what your family stands for:

  • *      Generosity

  • *      Compassion

  • *      Self-discipline

  • *      Loyalty

These are just a few of the values that can be discussed and practiced in the lead-up to Christmas.

How much patience can we show to the relatives? How do we help out other families in need? 

Be intentional and proud of the values your family holds to. In the big picture, your children will appreciate Christmas and other festivities more when they also think of others.

Challenge your children to help you make visitors really welcome when they are in your home and have fun doing it. Here are some examples:

  • Have a Father Christmas boot full of lollies at the door for guests, to make little children welcome.

  • Put one child in charge of asking what they would like to drink.

  • Or passing around a plate of food.

  • Or asking guests is there anything else they need?

As parents, remember to see Christmas through your child’s eyes.

Let them help bake a batch of cookies for a lonely neighbour and then go with you as you deliver them.

It’s a great time to focus on manners and politeness too, for example, only opening one Christmas gift at a time. Remember manners are the base of the good behaviour pyramid.