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Holiday Gift Guide presented by MommyB Knows Best

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re anything like me {which you may or may not be}, you’ve started making Christmas gift lists for your loved ones, taking note of which toys your children are drooling over this season, and scouring the gift card aisles. Although Christmas certainly isn’t all about gifts in our family we enjoy purchasing thoughtful gifts that we know our family and friends will enjoy. In fact, one of my favorite parts of Christmas is watching others open presents I’ve picked up for them, {I know it sounds cliche, but no joke!}

This year I’ve put together a Holiday Gift Guide for the entire family from your spouse, to the kids and the grandparents, and maybe even something for the pets too! From now through December 20th look for the adorable Family Gift Guide logo I created attached to posts that are a part of this gifting series. Also make sure you look for discounts and giveaways attached to some of the gift guide products and services *hint, hint! And if you don’t want to miss a post, make sure you enter your email in the subscribe box in the right side bar next to this post!!

And last but not least, what is one Christmas present that you received that really “sticks in your head”. Tell us what it is, who gave it to you, and why it is so memorable {for good or bad reasons}.

Happy Gifting and feel free to add this Family Gift Guide image to your site!!

MommyB Knows Best's Family Gift Guide

Tips for Teaching Kids to Volunteer – Operation Christmas Child #OCCGiving

I know I’m going to sound super old saying this or maybe just more traditional than some, but I feel like in today’s society children are lacking a sense of kindness, compassion, and generosity for others.

For my family it is important that our girls have a sense of giving back to the community. There are several ways we’ve instilled that in them and as they get older we will continue to do so.

Start them young. Kids are impressionable, and getting them involved in showing love for others with acts of kindness at such a young age will, just like any other activities or traditions you start early, make it a part of their everyday life.

Be age appropriate. You know your child’s maturity level and personality more than anyone else, so take this into consideration when choosing an activity for them to participate in. Operation Christmas Child is a great activity for kids of all ages. My girls decided to choose 2 children from their own age range to give gifts to, and it’s something a teenage would like and even my 2 year-old was excited to buy gifts and pack our shoebox.

Operation Christmas Child

Be upfront with them. Explain to them that there are children and families without anything. Remind them that it’s our job to help one another and that God commands it. John 13: 34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Most importantly though: Show them what it means to volunteer. It’s a well-known fact that kids learn through watching adults, especially from their parents. As an example to our children the BEST way to model kindness, compassion, and generosity is to have those qualities and exhibit them whether we’re in the line at a grocery store, serving at a local soup kitchen, and especially in our own home.

How we’ve put volunteering into place in our family. We decided this year, as one of our many holiday volunteer efforts with the girls that we would pack two Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for children without this year. We love this idea because it’s not only easy, but it’s fun too.

We’d love for you and your family to join us, and be an example to the world. Here’s how you can pack your own shoe box, or go online to build one or gift one to a friend to build.

1. Use an empty shoe box(standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required.

2. Boy or Girl? Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get a special label to learn the destination of you shoe box gift.

3. Fill it up! Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here.

Packed Boxes 4. Donate $7 Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our Follow Your Box option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse(note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

5. Drop Off Click HERE to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012, {however they will accept mailed shoe boxes year-round}.

{Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.}

Be sure to check Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child out on Social Media too:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes
Twitter: @OCC_shoeboxes #OCCGiving
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/OCCshoeboxes
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SamaritansPurseVideo?feature=chclk

Regardless of what activity you choose to volunteer your family’s time for, or when you plan on serving, getting your family involved in giving to others will change the world. I promise.

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built. Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

Can’t Get Enough of Nick Jr.’s Peppa Pig Products

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I posted about how much my girls, Miss A {age 5} and Lil’ C {age 2.5} love the Nick Jr. show, Peppa Pig in the post, We Love Nick Jr’s Peppa Pig a few months ago and now here I am raving about them again. It’s seriously good stuff though!!

Just in time for the holidays there are some new toys and products at Toys “R” Us for your Peppa loving family. My girls were able to play with and test out a Peppa Pig stuffed toy, the amazing Peppa Pig playhouse, a fun Christmas themed book, and a new Peppa Pig DVD.

Peppa Pig Collage

My girls fell in love with every.single.Peppa product we got, and here’s why…

Peek ‘n Surprise Playhouse and Peppa & Friends: Painting Together pieces by Fisher Price – This playhouse was super cool because the pieces that come with the house are “magical” but not really. For example one side of the bed is an image of a freshly made bed, and the other is a messy bed with toys. This feature is the same for the washing machine, oven, and most of the pieces that come with the house, I thought that was so neat, and the girls had no problem switching the sides and have been playing with the house regularly.

Peppa Playhouse Collage

Hug ‘n Oink Peppa by Fisher Price – This toy has several Peppa Pig original sayings, lots of giggles and is super cuddly. We had a hard time sharing this one, so we may have to buy another so each girl can have their own. Peppa’s dress comes off, so my girls had fun dressing her in their doll clothes too, and she retails for $21.99, not bad for a good-size stuffed animal who talks.

Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List Book and Muddy Puddles and Other Stories DVD– Kept my girls entertained, and laughing in typical Peppa Pig family style. We love the Pig family antics and these two products gave us nothing less. My girls have asked to watch the DVD over and over and over again, but we decided not to let them because we don’t want their eyes to fall out of their head {note: watching Peppa Pig repeatedly has not been proven to make children’s eyes fall out}.

If you want to hear more about this fun show {and the cool products featured in this review} head to the official Peppa Pig website – PeppaPig.com and like their page on Facebook: Peppa Pig Facebook Page!

What television show related toys have you bought for your kids??

I received products as a member of Child’s Play Communications review team. I was not paid to review these products and all opinions are mine and my family’s true opinons, would these adorable faces lie to you?!?! Even though they’re our opinions yours may vary, and you can have adorable faces too!! 

Merry Christmas from MommyB

Isaiah 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

How amazing is it to be able to see our children when they are born? It is such a blessing and a memory that we will never forget. A child is truly a blessing from God.

Miss A on her birth-day:

Miss A birth

Baby C on her birth-day:

Baby C birth

and the most important birth-day of all: Jesus Christ! How much more blessed are we at the birth of God’s son, our Savior?

 Have a very Merry Christmas and be blessed in this upcoming year!! Thank you for being a part of my life this year!

Love MommyB!

Quick and Easy Kids Homemade Ornament {Guest Post}

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{I met Jessica when our oldest daughters were just little ones in a local mom’s group and have been in touch and “bumped into her” around town here and there. I asked her if she would be interested in writing up a holiday craft idea for MommyB Knows Best since I have little time to be crafty this season and she seems to excel at it.}

I am like many crafty people and have a healthy obsession with Pinterest. If you have not been on there, please RUN. Well after Christmas, k? ok. I love having special ornaments on my tree and Love having ones made by my kids. My daughter started making them when she was 2 with just the basic wood ornaments and crayons/markers and glitter paint. I just let her go crazy and cleaned it up later- the next year I just put newspaper under her. My hope is that when my kids have a home, family, or tree of their own, I will be able to send them some to start off.

So I had this project pinned from Pinterest. You can find the original idea here.

Ornament

Pen Kit

I knew I could let my 4 year old do this project while I worked on something else. So we already had the round glass ornaments from a previous project purchased at Michael’s. We had paint to use, and I just grabbed a metallic paint pen during one of our many Walmart runs.

So All we did was drop paint into the glass ornament and let it swirl or shake around. It was pretty thick and gloppy and hard to move around, so I did add a few drops of water to thin it out a bit, and that worked perfect.

My little helper enjoyed shaking her ornament- and she was very careful. She twisted and twirled it around till it was well covered. Then we sat it back into the tray the ornaments came in to dry.

Finished OrnamentOnce it dried, I just took the metallic pen, had to shake it well, and get the paint flowing. I used a scrap piece of paper to check when it was ready. I read the directions on the pen, but assumed I had to keep pushing the tip down while writing to keep the ink flowing. I didn’t. So you can see my “p” is a bit sloppy, but I had it figured out after that. So here is our finished project. It was dry and hanging on the tree by that same afternoon.

My daughter is very proud of her ornament and it so suits her and the point in life we are at. It was definitely enjoyable for the family, though baby brother was sleeping. For his ornament, I may just do his handprint on one of these balls.

Jessica is the mom to two beautiful children, and expecting her third at the end of February. She currently lives in NC and is the founder of the blog, “Begin to Craft”. Check her out here and show some love: http://www.begintocraft.blogspot.com/

Fun Stocking Stuffers – Christmas Coupons

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ChristmasDaddyB and I don’t normally buy a lot for each other when Christmas comes around. In fact, we will usually pick one item both of us could use and buy a joint gift for each other. We were considering a car-top carrier because of all of our trips, in the past we’ve bought theme park season passes, and this year we decided on a Keurig brand coffee maker.

I do like to get him presents from the girls though, it not only is exciting for our girls to shop for daddy, but again teaches them that we are supposed to give to others on Christmas. They love their daddy so much that asking them to help was a guaranteed, “YES!!”

I have bought a few things here and there, trying to be creative. I wanted to add one more stocking stuffer for him {hoping that he doesn’t read this, or if he does that he pretends that he didn’t.} When I was a child I remember making coupon books as gifts for my mom. I loved doing this and I think my mom liked it too, I’m sure some of you have also done this and it’s super simple. Lucky for me since my, “proverbial plate” is full.

Miss A and I sat down and brainstormed what would be fun to coupon to daddy. We mostly thought of “things that you can’t hold in your hands,” – this was the easiest way I could describe intangible gifts to her. Then, I used Picnik.com {my favorite photo editing program} and “jazzed” up the girls Christmas pictures, and switched over to paint.net {a free “paint” program.} I added some text in a fun font and put our unique gift ideas on the tags, and here’s what we came up with:

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With a few easy, free programs, some cute photos, and a little bit of time on the computer you can make these for your favorite recipient this Christmas. They can “cash-in” the coupons whenever they want, or keep for sentimental reasons. Enjoy!!!

Have you made coupon books before? What is your favorite coupon for?

The Elf on the Shelf – Creepy Spy or Santa’s Helper?

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Every year at Christmas Santa sends his elves to watch you,
and they go back and tell him who’s been bad and who’s been good.
The Elf on the Shelf is watching you, what you say, what you do.
The Elf on the Shelf is watching you, each and every Christmas.

Elf On the Shelf

Image courtesy of angryjuliemonday via Creative Commons

This little guy (or sometimes girl) is the culprit of much controversy this year. The Elf on the Shelf, in case you haven’t heard of him, is a elf themed doll that one can purchase in stores. It comes with a book and basically the story is that the elf is magical, he comes to your home each Christmas, watches how your children behave and reports to Santa his findings. If your child touches him the magic is lost and he won’t be able to go to the North Pole.

Since The Elf on the Shelf was created in 2005 parents have been buying them up like crazy and doing all sorts of things with their elves. Some parents set up elaborate staging, like this little guy named Albert, from Stacy of She’s {kinda} Crafty:

Elf on the Shelf Twine

While some parents forget or don’t bother to move their elves some parents go all out. They name their elf and take their job at moving these guys around very serious. And although these little North Poleians seem cute and harmless are they really?

Some parents like myself express concern when it comes to the newest holiday rage sweeping the country. Many are concerned about the creepiness of the whole story. Some don’t want to bother with, “yet another lie” we have to tell our children. Others don’t want to take the time since Christmas is already a busy enough holiday. And then there are those of us who would rather focus on the “reason for the season” sorry to be a little cliché. If your Christmas is Santa Light* like we consider ours then adding The Elf on the Shelf just wouldn’t make sense anyway.

When Miss A was about 3 years old I had heard about The Elf on the Shelf from one of my girlfriends and thought it was a cute idea at the time when we were still figuring out how we wanted to create our own traditions. I remember checking out the book at Barnes and Noble and thinking it was way too long of a story for Miss A to be interested so I opted out.

Personally I am not a fan of The Elf on the Shelf for many of the above reasons, mainly because it does not fit into our Advent/Faith focused Christmas. I like to explore all sides of the Elf on the Shelf thought bank and here is what some of my friends and readers have to say about this phenomenon. Would love to hear how you relate as well.

“I have mixed feelings about the Elf (our girls have named him Sparky). We don’t really resort to it to instill good behavior with the kids, because I believe they should be behaving just because that’s what they’re supposed to do, not for a reward (gifts from Santa, etc.). With us it’s more of a game of just seeing where he appears each morning, in what silly position, etc. We never used the “Sparky’s watching!” or anything…The girls simply have more fun imagining that he has moved slightly from one minute to the next.” – Leslie P. from Cheektowaga, NY

Those things are creepy and I don’t need an elf to spy for me. I do just fine on my own. And what happens the rest of the year when the elf goes home? – Kadi P.

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Lanai N.'s Elf "Bumblebee" taking a bubble bath

I love the Elf on the Shelf because I get to see the excited on my kids face every morning when they go looking for him. – Lanai N. – Denver, NC.

When we cleaned out the garage, I found a big Christmas gift bag full of spider webs. In it was an Elf on a Shelf that I had gotten years ago from a friend. That thing scared me. I thought it was a piece of junk and never used it. It’s now donated. – Connie R.

I feel like I am the only one not doing it – they are all over pinterest and instagram. Philosophically, I’m not crazy about it. On many levels. No judgements for those who do it! Just not for me. – Kristen H.

They are vintage & kinda creepy looking, but the story behind the creation is a great one. The mother & daughter creators are great people & friends of one of our artists so that made me curious. My 9, 12 & 14 yo are much too old to believe, but my 9 yo is sure having fun surprising us with her elf’s antics every morning. We’ll be interviewing the creators in February & I’m truly excited to hear all about their success story. – Jennifer T.

At Christmastime, we make it very clear that Santa is a fun, pretend person (just like Ninja Turtles or Imagination Movers) so we allow our kids to “pretend’ Santa on a small scale while at the same time constantly talking about the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus. We spend time caring for others, giving gifts out of our abundance, caroling, celebrating Advent – the countdown toward Jesus’ birth, etc. Elf on the Shelf is tradition that we’ve started just for the fun of it. We don’t put a lot of stock in the idea that the Elf is reporting behavior back to Santa. But the boys LOVE searching for him every morning. (His name is Secret Agent Acorn Bubba-Louie…crazy name, I know, long story…) – Kiley F. Rochester, NY

My mother works in a Christmas Shop so our Elf is very seasoned. I was enthusiastic and thought it was a cute idea but as the years have passed my mind has changed. I enjoy pretending but I despise lying. I feel, even though Elf on the Shelf is festive, it is one more thing to worry about during and already busy season and one more reason to lie to my kids daily. – Elizabeth N.

I’m Jewish but we have an elf. Guess you could say I’m a bad jew. But it is a great way to remind the kids to behave during the holidays. And it’s fun to wake up each morning and watch them hunt for Earl. – Becca B. Charlotte, NC.

I don’t have one, just recently learned of the story. While I think in concept it seems innocent and quaint, I think Elf needs a makeover. His face simply reminds me more of a horror flick character than a sweet holiday tradition doll. I’d imagine seeing that face pop up in different spots of the house, esp. at night, might give us nightmares when Sugar plums should be dancing in our heads. – Rajean B.

In the past month this perfect complexion, highly fit über flexible and above all mute elf has brought peace to my household. Bedtime is never a challenge, bath time is like going to the playground and dinner is always like a basket of sweets for my daughter. I have never once thought of it as lying as just like millions of families all over the world my child believes in Santa Claus. If telling my daughter that some little doll has the ability to talk to Santa then i will need to find a way to write Rudolph Frosty the Easter bunny and the muppets out the script. – Christopher W. Charlotte, NC.

Barnaby Elf on the Shelf

Kelley C.'s Elf Barnaby giving a few pre-Christmas gifts for good behavior

We are just very “Santa Light” in our house focusing on advent and things that I don’t have to manipulate on a daily basis. – Valerie R.

I loved the idea of having to find him each day. But when I learned the story that the elf is a spy and ‘watching’ you it creeped me out. I also don’t care for the doll. We’ll focus on other traditions in my house.Andrea U.

I think we are going to be a Santa light family, so no elf for us. He totally gives me the heeby jeebies anyway. But I do have friend who has very spirited children and it works for them as far as helping with behavior. – Erin L. 

I heard that the elf watches whatever your child is doing. That would freak me out. Faith G.

This is the first year I tried it. The boys like looking for him (when I remember to move him) but it does jack squat on improving their behavior. – Emily V.

 

So there you have it, both sides of The Elf on the Shelf coin. What are your two cents?  

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NCircle Winter Wonderland Christmas DVD Giveaway {CLOSED}

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We are a television watching family. The girls have random times throughout the day when we watch television or DVDs. One time they watch is when I am doing their hair. Because they have such curly hair it takes me anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes per girl and television is the best way to keep their beautiful, heads still. A few shows we like to watch are The Wiggles, for their singing and dancing of course,  The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, which is a newer show that the girls love to giggle at, WordWorld, which I love because it teaches spelling and teamwork, Chloe’s Closet, is one of Miss A’s favorites because of make-believe play and The Fairies, the latest kids’ sensation from Australia, which surprisingly Baby C adores and says “fairies” when we turn it on.

When I was offered the opportunity to watch, review, and give away this 5 DVD holiday collection of some of our favorite shows from NCircle, it was right up our alley.

The WigglesThe Wiggles, “It’s Always Christmas With You!,” includes a mix of 14 original new tunes and seasonal favorites. It’s the first holiday DVD in seven years from the beloved platinum-selling band from Down Under, and it features celebrity guests including ‘N Sync’s Joey Fatone, who sings a sweet rendition of “O Holy Night.” We love it because it introduces children to the diverse ways different cultures celebrate the holidays and The Wiggles are always good, clean, fun.

“The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Told From the Cold” DVD has four episodes from the popular PBS Kids series. Actor-comedian Martin Short is the voice of The Cat in the Hat, and I love his characters in movies. The four episodes on this learning-and-fun-filled DVD are: Snowman’s Land, Flight of the Penguin, A Long Winter’s Nap and Reindeer Games. The girls really liked the episode on the penguin named Percy and learn how to waddle like a penguin and love to sing along to the easy songs.

My favorite DVD is “WordWorld: New Happy Holiday WordFriends”. The show is an Emmy Award-winning PBS Kids series for obvious reasons. This DVD features three holiday-themed episodes: The Christmas Star, A Christmas Present for Dog, and Duck’s Family Reunion – plus a bonus music video, Dancing Dog. I love how the characters demonstrate that it is better to give than receive. Great messages to be had in this DVD for sure.

The DVD that Miss A requests the most is: “Chloe’s Closet: Winter Wonderland”. The DVD features four episodes: On Frozen Pond, Best in Snow, Getting to Snow You, and Icing Escapades. Miss A loves that the girls turn into snow princesses and make snowflakes and also one of the episodes features Chloe ice skating, pretty nice since we don’t get much of the white stuff here in Charlotte, North Carolina.

FairiesLastly, “The Fairies: Christmas Wishes in Fairyland” is a DVD where Fairyland is transformed into a magical Christmas setting. Tiny tots will sing and dance along to their favorite Christmas carols {and some of mine too} and learn new songs as they celebrate the joys of the season with the beautiful fairies, Harmony and Rhapsody! I love that my girls can learn traditional Christmas carols through this DVD.

Overall we are pleased and love every one of these DVDs and think they are great for the Christmas/Winter-y weather season and I highly recommend them for long trips or even short moments of fun for your kiddos. They would even be great for a holiday movie viewing party since there are no scary parts, no questionable moments, and some good messages for our kiddos.

NCircle is provide a prize of FIVE DVDs (one of each title) to a MommyB Knows Best reader!!

How to Win

Head over to NCircle’s website here: http://www.ncircleentertainment.com/default.aspx and tell me which is your favorite title. If you don’t use the prize pack for yourself consider giving it as a gift for the holiday season.

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2. Tweet– using @mommybknowsbest and #NCircle linking back to this giveaway. (up to 5 tweets a day)

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RulesGiveaway ends December 15th @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

I received a copy of the above DVDs to watch and give my opinion on. I received no monetary compensation for this post and all words and thoughts are my own. Yours may vary.

Macy’s “Believe” Campaign

Santa Mail MacysDid you ever wonder what happens to all those letters to Santa Claus kids drop in the mailbox each December?
A few years ago, I found the answer. Through “Operation: Letters to Santa,” USPS employees and volunteers helped Santa write back to as many children as possible.

I volunteered to help Santa write to children for many years. As I sipped hot chocolate and scarfed down Christmas cookies, I’d gingerly open letter after letter to the big fella.

Some were hopeful (“…please, please, PLEASE bring me an American Girl Doll!”). Some were skeptical (“…I know I’m not supposed to believe in you still…”). Some were heartbreaking (“My dad is in jail. I don’t want any presents…just let him come home.”).

Oh, how I wanted to grant each one’s wish!

Thanks to the Macy’s department store’s “Believe” campaign, we can help grant children’s wishes in a magical way. Now through Christmas Eve, Macy’s is encouraging believers of all ages to write letters to Santa and drop them in the Santa Mail letterbox at any Macy’s store. Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each letter it receives – up to $1 million.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
My 4-year-old, Riley, and I dropped off our letter this week – addressed to the North Pole, naturally. In Charlotte, you can deliver your letters to Macy’s locations at NorthLake Mall or SouthPark Mall.

HawaiiNow that I’m all grown up, I have a million reasons to believe in the magic of Christmas. I’m blessed to have a 4-year-old son who believes in Santa and in helping boys and girls less fortunate than him. He’s my Christmas gift – the reason I believe in Santa Claus.

Now, Santa, about that trip to Hawaii I’ve been asking for…

Jesus and Santa – How Do You Explain Christmas to your Kids {Guest Post}

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Christmas AngelThe Christmas tree all lit up with presents under it excites my nearly 2 ½ year-old-son. When we ask him why we have them, he says, “For Jesus’ birthday.” He also thinks Santa and his reindeer are pretty great, but he doesn’t really understand the concept of Christmas.

He was so young for his first two Christmases that we just celebrated the season. He didn’t know what Christmas was and who Jesus and Santa are and we didn’t have to explain it to him.

This year is different – he’s at an age where he asks questions and gets excited about things. This year, we need to tell him about Jesus’ birth and the jolly fat man who brings presents to good little boys and girls.

But how do you explain that to a 2-year-old who still can’t quite comprehend what you’re telling him?

Like Mommy B mentioned in her post about “skipping” Thanksgiving, the holidays have gotten so commercialized, especially Christmas.

Some stores begin decorating for Christmas even before Halloween is over. Christmas trees and Santa figurines start appearing in windows and lining shelves a good two months before December 25 and we start asking one another, “What do you want for Christmas?”

How do I explain to my son who Jesus is and why we celebrate his birthday while balancing who Santa is and why we get presents? How do you ensure your children know the true “reason for the season”? What do you tell them about Santa (besides that he won’t bring you presents if you’re not a good boy/girl)?

Guest Blogger - JamieAfter a 10+ years communications career, Jamie K. recently took on her most challenging job yet – as a
fulltime CFO (chief family officer). Currently, she lives in Alabama with her husband, an officer in the Air Force, and her toddler son and infant daughter. She’s a big fan of deal sites, attempts to be eco-friendly, and struggles daily with the great balancing act of being a super mom.