GOOD MORNING !
I know that when my children were growing up we did a lot of fun things at Christmas time, but now they have their own families and new ideas for ways to celebrate.
I found this article in FAMILY LIFE that had some good suggestions for those that are trying to establish family traditions of their own.
Every family is truly unique. What we do will not apply in every situation, but we've learned some principles that can help you negotiate the challenge of managing holidays
Be flexible. Perhaps occasionally, you will celebrate your family's Christmas a day or more early
Be brief. A short visit that ends on a positive note is better than a long stay that rubs someone the wrong way.
Be firm. Don't let nostalgia, the holiday spirit, or guilt-inducing comments sway you from doing what's right for your family
Be kind. Parents need children to be compassionate to them too.
Keep Christ central. Make Christ the focus of your holidays
Confront your memories. Holiday memories generally come in two varieties—good and bad. Both types can wreak havoc with your appreciation for Christmas's real meaning. If you have good memories, your expectations may rise so high that you end up disappointed with the state of your current experience. If your memories are bad, almost everything that happens around Christmas will renew your pain. Either way, it's better to deal honestly, openly, and prayerfully with your expectations about Christmas ahead of time
Set and keep a budget. Too many people get carried away with spending around Christmas. It often starts with a sincere desire to make children happy and then gets out of hand. Exchange gifts on a preplanned budget
Keep it simple. Christmas traditions don't have to be elaborate, and you don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the season sincerely. Ultimately, love is all that is necessary
These are just a few ideas. The ones you come up with for your family will be better
Sometimes the traditions are handed down family to family, sometimes they are ones we make for ourselves, but all in all it is important to have them as they give us many happy memories in the years to come.
Christmas is more than one day in the year. I prepared for a month and will enjoy the memories for years to come.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Fail not to call to mind, in the course
of the twenty-fifth of this month, that
the Divinest Heart that ever walked the
earth was born on that day; and then smile
and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for
mirth is also of Heaven's making.
'On Ya' - ma