– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
One of our grandchildren told Pops and me that Christmas is for sharing and loving. How true!
Here are three traditions that you might want to share with those you love:
1) Make a bed for baby Jesus: When our children were small, one of our favorite Christmas traditions was making a pine straw bed for baby Jesus (instead of pine straw, you could use pieces of hay, balls of cotton, etc.). We’d set up the Nativity with everything except the figure of Jesus. Near the Nativity we filled a small basket with straw.
Whenever family members did secret acts of kindness to honor Christ (such as making someone’s bed, taking out the trash, giving an elderly neighbor cookies, etc.), they would secretly place a piece of pine straw on the manger floor. Then, on Christmas Day, the figure of baby Jesus was placed on the bed that had been made as acts of worship.
As we turn the pages to December, I’m reminded of these stanzas from a poem written by Leona Vaughn. It’s a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas:
Oftentimes our minds are so filled with thoughts
Of the gifts we give or we get,
We sometimes forget to thank Our Lord above,
For giving the greatest gift yet.
2) Make a gingerbread house together: Our family has created countless one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses together. This tradition began when our children were very small and now is continuing with the grandkids. Here’s how you can do this, too:
3) Spend time together making gifts for teachers and friends. Here are some possibilities:
What is one of your family’s favorite Christmas traditions?
Post and photo © 2011, 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.