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For some of you, I am too late – the pattern is set and there’s nothing you can do about it, but for those of you with children young enough to not really remember Christmas from last year, here’s my family’s advice for you: Avoid making Christmas all about the presents.
“Oh, sure,” you say, “Everyone says that. But how about some tangible suggestions for how to do this?”
“Huh.” I say, “I had no idea you were going to ask that question, let me think about it for awhile”. Then I think about it for awhile and come up with this list – All proven ideas successfully employed by Jamfam.
1. Don’t put the presents under the tree. This just makes them think about it.
2. Don’t have a set date for when you open presents. Traditions are great, but not with this. It sets them up to focus on that moment. Do it differently every year.
3. Do other fun non-present opening Christmas related activities.
4. Keep Santa on the down-low.
5. Don’t buy a lot of presents.
6. Talk lots about Jesus.
Our goal, when we ask our kids what their favorite part of Christmas was (or is) is to have them say something besides “Receiving Gifts”.
Other suggestions? Ideas? Exclamations that we are crazy/mean?