It’s not always easy to make the holidays meaningful for our kids. Take it from me. I learned the hard way.
A few years ago my daughter’s birthday fell on Thanksgiving. We had cake and presents first thing in the morning, then shifted gears to prepare for a traditional dinner with family. Before we knew it, the house was flooded with relatives we hadn’t seen in ages, and we spent the whole afternoon playing games, watching football and catching up.
Later that night, when I tucked my daughter into bed, I asked her if she’d had a good Thanksgiving. She gave me a confused look and said, “It was Thanksgiving?”
She thought the whole day had been about her–her birthday, her presents, her celebration. I couldn’t blame her. It was an epic parenting failure. In the busyness of preparing for the holiday, we had never talked about what we were celebrating and why.
Even without a birthday thrown into the mix, the busyness of the holidays can make it tough for parents to keep family discipleship on the front burner. We want the holidays to be spiritually significant, but how can we do it in a way that’s light and easy?
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