|Thomas, the Christmas elf|
Distraction- my favorite tactic, for when I have to yell,"Don't touch", Quick, show him something he can touch!
I made plenty of little play areas for my favorite toddlers, and put my tree up high, out of reach, on a table.
It's fun to have a nativity set that they can actually touch,
and we can play with together and teach the kids about Jesus. Amazon.com has several. just "Google" children's nativity sets, there are dozens!
|Playmobile Nativity Set|
The older grandchildren are most eager to help me with the baking. Oh, this is my favorite thing to do too! It's good to have some dough premixed for gingerbread boys. I also make up some sugar cookie dough. They love to roll it out and cut out and decorate!
|Martha Stewart's gingerbread boys. We didn't get ours done yet.|
|We hope to make ours as pretty as these! |
These gorgeous cookies were first blogged by Mangoxo
Grown children need us at this time of year too! Young mommies can especially use a little help with their babies when they need to do their Christmas shopping, and do all the holiday preparations. There's so much extra to do now! Take some of the pressure off of them! Remember how hard it was to do it all, with kids underfoot? I like to give them a break, and I get to be with my sweeties! One day we wrapped presents while the little guy was napping, then I stayed with him while Mommy went Christmas shopping.
|Mommy stays fresh and happy, with a little help from Grandma!|
I love to stay with the kids while they go to work or out for the evening. This is my chance to teach them Christmas songs, watch silly movies, and most importantly, tell them the story of Jesus' birth, "the reason for the season". They are never too young to hear stories and why not tell them important ones, and start a tradition of reading A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and other books with lessons about the true meaning of the holidays?
|Lovely image is from sweet Coralie at http://www.vintagecottagehome.blogspot.com/|
|Grandma and Tommy|
My daughter always appreciates some home-baked goodies now, or my offers to bake with her, for the treats she wants to make for her friends and entertaining.-
|Julie made a few cookies for her friends!|
|Amy, my shining star, is a law student. Here she is taking a break between exams|
I think the best gift I can possibly give is myself. My kids seem to need me still, to share family stories, even though they've heard them before. I think it's important to maintain traditions our families hold dear, attending school programs, and local ceremonies. At home, baking together is the perfect opportunity to talk and laugh and sing. The delightful smells of cookies and nut breads baking makes the home so sweet and cozy, a part of Christmas families always cherish!
It is really thoughtful, and feels so good, to make cookies to share with lonely or elderly neighbors, grandparents, bachelors, and coworkers.
I have a little prayer that I said on my daughter's wedding day and I think it's appropriate
for hectic days at Christmastime.
Because, amidst all the fun and gaiety, most families have some tension or friction between somebody or other! Some people I know are hurting, have lost loved ones, have serious health problems, drug and alcohol addictions. Others are unemployed, homeless, and suffering from emotional problems. There are some really struggling, and even some who have no happiness at Christmas because of their pain and suffering. While I go about my business of making merry,
I can't ignore this. I need God's help to deal with all this, to be wise, strong, sensitive,
and to be a peacemaker.
Help me be the essence of grace
for my children today.
Let me remember to give you praise
for the unforgettable joyous moments,
and give me patience for the
dreadful, tedious moments when others
disappoint me and
everything isn't exactly perfect.
May I always give you the glory!
In Jesus' name, Amen
Have a lovely Christmas with your loved ones,
and don't forget those who don't have anyone who cares!
A Very Merry Christmas to you!