My children are now at an age when you believe in miracles and expect only bright moments from life. Therefore, they are so sensitive to the holidays. And on Christmas Eve they threw me with questions: What kind of holiday ?, Who was born ?, Where, when and why? I had to postpone the case and start the story.
Mom, how do you know everything?
It was very interesting for children to learn the history of the Nativity of Christ. They enthusiastically listened to the manger, the Bethlehem star, the Magi. This ancient history now reminds them of a fairy tale, but over time they will understand the meaning of this Great Feast of all Christians.
It so happened that this year we got into a theatrical performance dedicated to the New Year and Christmas. We saw the little creches in which Christ was born, we saw 12 dishes to be put on the Christmas table.
For children, it is very important when the visualization of legends occurs, when they can, albeit indirectly, but plunge into action.
Therefore, I believe that it is simply necessary for children from an early age to be attracted to the sacraments of celebrating Great Feasts, such as Christmas, Easter, the Trinity.
I like it when the schools, kindergartens organize theatrical performances with the participation of children. My eldest this year staged a school play on St. Nicholas. Now they will never forget this story.
But returning to Christmas, I can see that not all parents tell children about what is happening around. A friend of mine all the time fighting off a child with the phrase: Why do you need to know, grow up – you will understand! And what will he understand if mom does not consider it necessary to just talk to him.
Moms, let’s develop, love and communicate with your children!
To make it easier for you to tell your children about Christmas, I will share my personal experience:
1. Before you tell – remember yourself. Do not be ashamed to read again about the celebration of Christmas, because children ask about the smallest details. Every little thing is important to them, and we, you see, do not always remember everything thoroughly. I read about Christmas on the Internet and learned a lot of new things even for myself.
2. Create a sacrament atmosphere for your child. Let your story grow into magic that children will feel on themselves. You can, for example, retire with your child, light candles and sit under the tree, well, then.
3. Tell your child about the holiday in accessible words, by age. No need to delve into the terminology, if your baby is 3 years old. Suffice it to say that on this day God was born, and I am sure that the baby will understand everything.
4. Do not seat the child in front of the TV, and on this day add him to the preparation for the holiday. Then your family will remember this Christmas evening for a long time!
Merry Christmas! On a holiday, dear readers of Alimero!
Have you already told your children about Christmas?