Yes, I know Christmas is still months away, but I am already planning out my lists! Brian and I have a lot of nieces and nephews. Most of them do not like to read...so being the kind and generous aunt and uncle that we are we love to give them books! You can tell that they just LOVE opening our gifts! The logic is, is that we won't give them anything that will kill their brain cells or imagination! We do want to give a gift that will hopefully spark a love of reading and stimulate their brains; perhaps one rainy day when the electricity is out, and there are no batteries for their nintendo's, they will go to the basement where they keep all of the books Uncle Brian and Aunt Sarah have given and read up a storm!
...That's the theory anyway...
Amazon.co.uk have a rather large sale (up to 70%) on children's books in October each year, with free delivery to Ireland. So my aim is to have all my lists made out by then, so I can avail of the great bargains and have most of my Christmas shopping done early without having to battle my way through the shops!
At this stage I have all the nieces and nephews done, as well as the children of close family friends and any close relatives who haven't any children. I LOVE picking out gifts for people!
Brian and I have been discussing Christmas traditions just recently, when I suggested buying "Keep Christ In Christmas" bookmarks to add to the books we give to our relatives, as a reminder of the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Brian thought it was a great idea and said to go ahead! But then I began to wonder...what about our own children? How are we showing them that it is important to keep Christ in Christmas? Usually in our home, that jolly idol Santa brings most of the children's gifts, leaving both Christ and us out in the cold! This year we will phase out the commercialised Santa'mas and bring in a joyful, meaningful, fun filled Christmas! We want our children to see that God gave us the greatest gift anyone could ever give and we intend to show that this year!
How does your family keep Christ in Christmas?