As the season of giving approaches, and the retail season ramps up, sometimes we have to remind ourselves and our families about the real meaning of Christmas. It isn’t that we forget, but as we discussed in “5 Ways to Reconnect with Your Faith in 2017,” we often get so wrapped up in all the festivities that we lose touch with why we are celebrating in the first place. In this blog we are going to look at some ways that the whole family can revisit their faith and spend quality time together — because isn’t that really what Christmas is all about?
The Gift of GivingTo someone unfamiliar with our beliefs and customs, it would seem as if the holiday was specifically created in order to celebrate buying and giving gifts. In a way, this is true: We are celebrating both giving and gifts, but not in material ways. The season’s celebration is sacred: It is God’s gift of Jesus’s birth.
Ready to get into the real Christmas spirit? Here are some ways that the whole family can do so:
- Live by the Golden Rule and spread joy and cheer.
- Send relief to those in need.
- Serve the community.
- Take care of God’s Earth.
Of course, this is not to say that we don’t enjoy giving and receiving a well-meaning holiday present. It just means that we have to keep it in perspective. In addition, it’s extremely important to teach our children that behaving and acting kindly should be done year-long, and not just when “Santa” is watching.
Meaningful Christmas Activities for HomeWhen we are with our loved ones this season, we can use that quality time to revisit our faith and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of activity resources for kids of all ages (including you, Mom and Dad):
- Complete activities based on Scripture.
- Create or color your own Nativity.
- Make Gratitude Boxes to give away.
- Perform 25 days of random Christmas kindness.
- Read Christmas books together.
- Watch family-friendly Christmas movies.
- Decorate your home.
The Catholic school community in the Archdiocese of Hartford wishes you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas. Cherish a quote from Pope Francis:
“Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.”