OK~ I'm thinking of how Christmas used to be. Anybody remember when you could not wait for Frosty The Snowman to be broadcast on ABC? Or maybe you could not wait for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to make an appearance on CBS? Have the times ever changed.
While glancing through all of the ads for Black Friday shopping, I looked at some of the deals; and yes, there were some deals. But, did I really need any of those deals? NOPE, (I stayed home). Our kids of today literally have Christmas around them 24/7. Many kids have DVD's of the Christmas classics sitting in their mix of DVD's. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. In all seriousness, with all of the extra activities that our kids are involved in today; most families would not find the time to sit around the tv on a Tuesday evening come 7:00 p.m. to view a family classic!
Our kids live in a me, me, me world and expect everything NOW! Believe me- My teens are no exception to this rule. We, as a society have got to slow down and get back to the basics. Snow angels or sand angels (if you live where it is warm), and even old fashioned Christmas Caroling are great family activities! The focus of Christmas and the holidays should not be on all of this "stuff." Do something different this year- Challenge your family to take back Christmas! After all, Christmas is all about a little baby named Jesus! We would not celebrate Christmas if it were not for the birth of this baby. We all need to be thankful for our faith, family, food, a roof over our head, and our health!
The electronic age has definitely brought many positive experiences to many families as well. Think about this~ The ability for Grandkids to Skype with their Grandparents over the miles. And then there is the fact that families can record their favorite Christmas shows and schedule family time to watch it! Challenge your family to take back Christmas this year.....It's OK to say "NO" once in a while. Your WHOLE family will thank you~Believe me, this Mom has learned!