As a preschool teacher, I have always given emphasis on three particular values: GRATITUDE, CHARITY (or sharing), and LOVE. I build routines and activities that incorporate these and try my best to display such values.
Since it is that time of the year again, I had the ‘talk’ with my boys. We started talking about Christmas and what happens during Christmas. Of course, you’ll hear the usual answers like,
“Santa Claus will come”
“I will get a new (toy) car from mommy”
“I will get shoes.”
But what really is the true essence of Christmas?
Is it really just about new clothes and Santa Claus visiting our houses? Is it about eating good food?
Throughout the years, the true spirit of Christmas has been overshadowed by the iconic symbols. Like what I always say to my kids, Christmas is about celebrating and being thankful for the birth of Christ and the gift of family. We celebrate this special season by spending quality time and building memories together. It is also the time to remind us to show love by sharing from our hearts what we have, to give something freely and not what is owed. It is simply about spreading LOVE and valuing simplicity. We give gifts to show our love and appreciation for that person.
Gifts need not to be expensive. Hand-made gifts are always much appreciated because we all know that those are the gifts that comes from the heart. Sometimes making handmade gifts can be a bonding activity for you and your child.
Here are some ideas on how to do this:
That is why, I always emphasize that the best gifts are not what is found under a Christmas tree but what is found in our hearts. So together this Christmas season, let us strive to make Christmas more meaningful to our kids. Teaching our children proper Christmas values will be the best gifts we can give, for they will be able to treasure it for the rest of their lives.
Teacher Raissa is a teacher by day and Crayola addict 24/7! She absolutely adores children and has been working (and playing!) with them for the last 9 years. She teaches math, is a homeroom adviser to adorable Preschoolers, and believes in learning through play.