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Luke 2:12 -- "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."


Christmas is a mixed bag for me. I have some unpleasant memories that make it hard to go into the season excited. Now I have my own family, and I have had to consider what I want my kids to know about Christmas.


I want them to know the story, but I want them to understand what the story means. One of our traditions is keeping our Advent Calendar. In ours, each day we place a different object in the story on the nativity scene that ends with putting Baby Jesus up on Christmas morning. Initially I taught them what each object meant. But I don’t have to anymore—last year my 5 year old explained each part to my 2 year old. #MissionsAccomplished


Christmas is serious business to my girls. They wake up way too early. (It doesn’t help that I was up till midnight wrapping their gifts.) My kids are planners like me; they have to know who we are going to be with, where, when and for how long.  And it’s extremely important to them to know what gifts we are bringing to whom. 


I’m really glad they learned it’s about giving. To be honest, they are more than willing to give their old toys away in order to make room for newer, cooler ones! Obviously, they have worked really hard making a big, long list of what they want. But they’ve learned it is just a fun to give a gift to someone else. #ParentingGoals…


Maybe you are like me—Christmas elicits mixed emotions. I’ve learned that Christmas isn’t really about me. As an adult I now see I have the chance to change my children’s future. I get to make sure they have different memories than I did. That makes it worth it. 


Merry Christmas, 
Marisa Smith

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