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Every year, every kid can’t wait for Christmastime to arrive. Maybe it’s because school will be out, or the anticipation of opening presents on Christmas day, or being able to play in the snow (hopefully). But there just seems to be something magical in the air that brings about feelings of warmth, excitement, and anticipation.
But what is it that really makes Christmas special for your kids? While Christmas is a wonderful time to express your love through gift giving, there are some things that you can give that are far more important than just material items.
What are the things to get for Christmas, then? Here are five things that your kids want from you at Christmastime more than just more stuff.
1. Your intentional presence
With extra time spent together during the holidays, it’s a perfect opportunity to let your kids know that you are all there for them. The best way to do this is to be fully present in the moment. When you’re together, be completely present, not in separate rooms, or on different devices. Take time to be intentional about being together.
2. Your listening ear
During this hectic season of fast-paced everything, take some time to slow down and have a quality conversation with your kids. And don’t just talk to them, take the time to listen to them, their words, and their heart. Our kids have important things to say and express, but sometimes we’re too busy to stop and really hear them.
3. Your love and affection
More than your gifts, kids desperately want to know that you love them. Christmas is the perfect time to reassure them of your love with words of affirmation and lots of physical affection. Hugging your child while saying things like, “You’re my favorite gift this Christmas. I’m most thankful for you”, could mean the world to your child.
4. Your choice to keep the peace
Even kids know that holidays can be a stressful time, so make an intentional choice to pursue peace in your family. Even if it means you have to bite your tongue, or go to a back room and do a silent scream because of something the in-laws said or did. Regardless of the circumstances, refuse to accept anything less than positive memories with your family.
5. Your time and attention.
Take time to do the special and memorable stuff with your kids. Make snow angels, go sledding, create those homemade Christmas cards. Learn to be present in the moment with your kids by investing intentional time into them. No doubt, we’ll give our kids some great gifts. Let’s just make sure we’re ready to enjoy those gifts with them, whether that involves playing in the backyard, putting something together, or watching that new movie.