I’m participating in the KEEP CHRIST in CHRISTMAS Blog Link-Up 2013
sponsored by the Catholic Bloggers Network.
Be sure to visit as many links as possible,
listed at the bottom of this post.
It’s so hard to keep the little ones attention on Him, when talks of Santa and new toys come up. We have taught our children about St. Nick, and how what he did has inspired the story of Santa Claus. When we take clothing, winter coats, and food to the local St. Vincent de Paul, we talk to them about how blessed we are and how it is wonderful to be able to share our blessings with others. We light our Advent candles each night and say extra prayers before dinner, hoping that some of it soaks in while the kids are amazed by the flames. We read extra Bible stories focused on Advent and Baby Jesus, and this year we are going to attempt to pray the Rosary as a family as well. The kids also love playing with their Little People Nativity, and hopefully they will love the new one that I made (and finally finished! watch for a post later on that!) just as much.
And even with all this extra attention, and extra focus put on our Faith, it still doesn’t seem like it’s enough. With the overwhelming secularization of Christmas, it seems to get harder each year to keep it all about Christ. With nearly all of our family living nearby, my children have two Grandma’s and plenty of Aunties who all love buying clothes and toys for them. How do you emphasize the true meaning of Christmas when all they see is piles and piles of new toys?!
We are also blessed to be able to send our children to Catholic school. And though it isn’t nearly as Catholic as it used to be, I was very pleased to hear they are doing a Christmas concert (most schools in the public board aren’t), and the kids painted Advent Wreaths (and prayer cards too) to bring home to “light”. I know for some of the kids in his class, the only things they will learn about their Faith, will be taught to them at school. But for us, that’s not enough. And just like I will help my son practice writing his name each afternoon, we will continue to teach them everything we can about being Catholic.
I have my moments when I doubt all the extra work that my husband and I go to, to teach them about their Faith. But when my 4 year old corrects my pronunciation of a Biblical name, and my 2 year old requests I say a prayer to St Michael before bed instead of to her Guardian Angel, I smile because I know that we must be doing something right.
Hope you all take the time to check out all the other great posts in this link up (they will be added to the bottom of this page by the end of Dec 2), and please share with me in the comments how you keep Christ in Christmas. You can also read my other Keeping Christ in Christmas post here.
Equipping Catholic Families: Keep Christ in Christmas
Simply Homeschool Living Advent Series 12/1 – 12/25
Fifth of Five Keeping Christ in Christmas – Blog Link-up 2013
Coffee Moments with Sam The Light of Hope
Hand-Maid With Love: CHRISTmas Presence: Keep Christ in Christmas 2013 Edition
Open Window Making hay while the Advent wreath shines
Faith Filled Freebies: Keep Christ in Christmas
Written by the Finger of God: Not Christmas as Usual
On the Way Home: Keep Christ in Christmas
Sue Elvis Writes: Bring Christ to Others
Mommy Bares All Why Celebrate Christmas Even After #YolandaPH
Canadian Catholic Mom Keeping The Little Ones Focused: An Advent Link-Up
Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Keep Christ in Christmas
Em’s Estuary: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Happy Little Homemaker: December Devotion: Immaculate Conception
Adoro Ergo Sum: How We Keep Christ in Christmas
JoyAlive.net: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Home to 4 Kiddos Keep Christ in Christmas
Embedded Faith Boldly Be the Christ in Christmas
City Girl, Country Home Emmanuel Is With Us. Are we WITH HIM?
Journey to Wisdom: Trusting in your Awkward Fiats
Joy of Nine9 Waiting in Joyful Expectation Like a Child
Splendor in the Home Ideas For Keeping Advent and Christmas Holy
Training Happy Hearts 10 Ways to Celebrate the New Liturgical Year
Designs by Birgit: Elf on a Shelf and Santa Claus
Catholic Inspired: Faith-Centered Family Christmas
A Slice of Smith Life: How we keep Christ in Christmas
Catholic All Year: Three Reasons I love Advent
Mary the Defender: Christmas The Battle Begins
Truly Rich Mom: Keep Christ in Christmas
Day By Day in Our World: 40 Days Seeking Him and Keeping Christ in Christmas
Diapers and Drivel: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Raising Soldiers 4 Christ: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Rosary Mom Keep Christ In Christmas With A Teenager
Campfires and Cleats How We Keep Christ in Christmas
Life Unabridged: Celebrating the Fullness of the Advent and Christmas Season
Homeschooling With Joy Keeping Christ in Christmas
Mrs Domestic Bliss Gingerbread Nativity
The Chic Traveller Keeping Christ in Christmas
California to Korea Keeping Christ in Christmas
Dominique’s Desk Keeping Christ in Christmas
Our ABC Life: An Advent Update
Journey Living: Anno Domini
The Road to Rome: Advent Prayer and Reflection Resources
Life of Fortunate Chances: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Quidquid Est, Est!: Reblog: Advent Posts