From a personal point of view, making lists is one habit that keeps organization within view in our household. Lists for groceries, lists for activities, even lists for house cleaning help me keep on track. When it comes time to Christmas shopping, list making takes on a whole new priority, as budgets, deadlines, and a growing family are all important considerations.
Do you make lists? Do you love checking things off? Here are a few lists to make with your children this Christmas. You all may all realize that the most important lists do not include presents!
Who would you most like to see this Christmas break?
In addition to visits from Santa, encourage your children of all ages to consider the people who are most important to them. If actual visits are not possible, consider virtual visits. If their list includes people who are no longer with you, consider an intentional time of remembering them this season. This question will be a good reminder of how people are more important than things.
Who do you know who could really use a Christmas present?
Every advertisement is trying to convince us, and our children, that we NEED the newest and coolest ourselves. Help your children look beyond their own needs and see the needs of others by encouraging them to consider someone else. They may know a kid at school who lacks the basic essentials or they may have noticed a family in your neighborhood who could use some Christmas cheer.
What are some things you would like to do as a family to continue or start a new Christmas tradition this year?
Your children love feeling like a significant member of your family. They also are quite observant. As they answer this question, they may share things they see other families doing and that they believe makes a good family. They may also share the things your family is already doing that they like and want to continue.
With each response, intentionally write down what your children are communicating. Then be intentional about helping their desires be realized. This is a great time of year to start new traditions and memories as a family and your children want to know their ideas matter.