As a child Christmas was the one holiday I absolutely looked forward to each year. I was never a kid who believed in Santa Claus but it was still special. It is amazing how each year certain smells are reminiscent of Christmas pasts. Our house was always decked out with decorations and for some reason there was an artificial tree that lasted for years. I can remember the smell of fresh fruit and nuts in the dining room. The sounds of Nat King Cole’s Christmas album playing in the background. It was a few days of yummy treats and a buffet of delicious foods.
I am now the mom of two kids, 12yo son and 6yo daughter and Christmas has taken on a different perspective for me this year. After reflecting on the entire year, I am not overally anxious to spend money on the usual material wares. I find that the novelty wears off very quickly as the kids today are more hooked on gadgets. Between the two of them there is a laptop, Ipod Touch, Ninentendo 3DS and my Ipad which is borrowed. I ask what more could they possibly want? right?
Am I being the Scrooge who stole Christmas? I would rather we donate our time and energy serving meals at a shelter or donating toys to those who are less fortunate. Then spend two days of the week away to enjoy bonding time together and being thankful for a new season and upcoming year. I had planned to for us to re-visit DC after we were there in February for our White House tour. A day at the National Museum of Natural Science is not only educational but a whole lot of fun. For me any time away from our normal hustle and bustle is a treat.
What are your thoughts on the real meaning of Christmas? HeadStrong Parent….
I just realized a week ago that our Sunday mornings start pretty early especially if we are planning to attend 10AM church service. If we are on time it means we are up by 7AM, bathroom, dressed and out the door with a quick breakfast bite. Sunday service is strategically on a 2 hour schedule every Sunday without fail.
My dilemma is trying to keep the kids occupied and on their best behavior while I attempt to enjoy the service. I always brings snacks(shhh, no food is allowed in the sanctuary) in my bag such as goldfish, pretzels, animal crackers, cereal bars and sometimes juice boxes. In addition I allow my 9yo to bring his Nintendo DS(I will ask for forgiveness) don’t judge.
It was not until my weekend mommy& child get together did I learn about a church bag from @mmneighborhood. You may ask what is a church bag, well I to practically take a scaled down toy chest to every church service according to @mmneighborhood. In addition to the Nintendo DS, I need to add some additional “favorite” items with the hope they will be on their p’s and q’s. I think this Sunday I will find an inconspicous bag that doubles as my handbag and “church bag”. Another key element to keeping my composure during service is to seat the kids on opposite of myself and nana. (fingers crossed).
The L.L. Bean tote above is pretty cute- I may have to place an order quickly.
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