Today was a great day. We really got to try to drive home the message of Christmas. A church in a town down the road had a Bethlehem exhibit. It was pretty neat, because it was very interactive. They had food, crafts for kids, and some other exhibits. It was set up like a little town. At the door they gave you a couple of coins to give as alms to the “beggars”.
I loved that Beanster got to give his alms (though he’s too young to understand, he did without question). I hope to raise a child who is generous, yet wise with his money. I also like that it was historical. I think experiences like that can always make history interesting.
But more than that, I want Christmas to be more than presents and Santa. I want it to be about the birth of Jesus, family, love, and peace. I know, I know. He may not appreciate like I do, but I pray that he does and that he can pass it down to his kids.
It’s just so wonderful to have a time of year where you can focus on family, with purpose, to reflect on all the blessings you just recognized a month earlier at Thanksgiving, and look forward to what the New Year brings just around the corner. There’s enough going wrong with the world today, so sometimes it takes a little extra focus. I know I have to focus, since Beanster sees lights and Santa everywhere. And I have no problem with that, but I want to him to know about the Reason for the Season more than anything.
Have a great week, everyone. Peace and love.