- The Christmas music program at school
- The Sunday School program at church
- The rehearsals for these two events
- The occasional school band concert
- Collecting donations for your local food bank and delivering them
So, what can a family say "NO" to and NOT feel guilty? This is my list-
- A visit with Santa Claus at the Mall- (what parent wants to risk H1N1 this season)?
- Buying presents for ALL classmates (in today's economy, this Mom says, "NO WAY)!
- Attending community choral concerts
- Spending down time at the Mall (poor example to set for our kids)!
Short, but straight to the point lists. Why put yourself through any added hustle and bustle of the season? Christmas should be a time of reflection of the birth of the Christ Child. Not by how many places we can go, how many presents we can buy, or how much money we can spend? God needs to be first in our lives, and then followed by our families.
When we do put him first, everything else somehow manages to fall into place! I hear so many people complain about how they cannot enjoy Christmas- the answer is pretty simple- Say NO to extra "things." And, engage yourself and your family in the joy of the season- include the birth of Jesus Christ in your families activities this year! Try it, you just might like it! If you choose to participate in activities that have meaning for your whole family, you will say, "Thank You" to yourself on December 26th! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?