If you will be celebrating Christmas with small children this year, but you don’t want to place too big of an emphasis on the gifts, might I suggest something?
Don’t pile up the gifts too early under the tree for your little ones to gaze at all Christmas season.
What’s easy for an adult to ignore, a child will notice all the time. I want them to enjoy a sense of wonder this holiday, but not always wonder about what’s under that wrapping paper and bow?
I didn’t want it to be bare underneath the tree, so I arranged some blankets and books for them to curl up and read. We’ll bring the gifts out when it’s time to open them because I love giving gifts to my children, but I know if they saw them every day it’s all they would think about.
One of the Christmas books for children that I’m enjoying is Who Is Coming to Our House? The animals get ready for Mary and Joseph to arrive, and they tidy up the barn. I think about it when I’m tidying up the house for the holidays.