As a child, I was always mesmerized by the Christmas trees in movies and shopping malls. They were so magical, majestic and opulent! Huge, towering trees decorated with sparkly lights and shimmery ornaments always made the spirit of Christmas alive in my eyes. There’s just something about that symbol of Christmas that I’ve always loved.
Christmas Lessons & Wishes of Joy
I always loved big, tall, full Christmas trees, but something happened in the past few years that changed my want for a giant tree. I know as parents, we want to give our kids the biggest, the newest, and the best things possible. I contemplated getting a big, sparkly tree for Little One. Instead, we have what we lovingly nicknamed, our “Charlie Brown tree”.
You see, our tree is anything but opulent or majestic. It’s like the Charlie Brown tree in that Christmas classic I grew up watching every single Christmas growing up.
Why did we do this?
I wanted to teach our daughter that Christmas isn’t about the biggest, the best, the most, the tallest, the highest, the most expensive things. It’s about being humble and giving, and making the most of what you’ve got. It’s about giving when you don’t have much. It’s about the birth of Jesus Christ. Though I don’t write many religious posts, our family is Christian and we uphold Christian values. Christmas is not about just the tree, gifts and decorations. It’s about a whole lot more.
Maybe one day, we’ll opt for a big, beautiful, shimmery tree. Right now, this seems to be a practical way of illustrating to our young child that even the most humble, modest tree can be beautiful and special. I know, it’s kind of quirky on my part, but I’m a bit quirky to begin with.
Little One has never commented on how she would love a huge tree with decorations that are all perfectly coordinated. Our tree is filled with many handmade ornaments. Each year, we make a new ornament for our tree. Everything is made with love. That’s where the memories are made.
Speaking of memories…
Every kid loves that special book from Sears that comes every Winter! If you thought the looks of wonder and amazement at seeing the Christmas tree all lit up were incredible, they are likely even more so when kids get hold of The Sears Toy Shop catalogue!
You know the Christmas lesson we taught Little One about being humble, having gratitude and giving from the heart? We try to not let that go out the window when she sees the Sears Toy Shop catalogue. It’s a difficult feat for a young child, but we’ve made it so that she picks one toy for herself, one for each of her cousins, and two toys to donate to kids in need (a boy toy and a girl toy). I want our child to be able to spread wishes of joy.
I had to chuckle, because I asked Little One to circle what she’d like on her wishlist. This is what happened…
She circled EVERYTHING in the Sears Toy Shop catalogue!!!
I reminded her that she has more than any single child could possibly want or need and she needs to choose one thing she wants the most, but focus on what to give to kids who need a little something special during the holiday. This is a tradition I wish to continue for years to come. Little One’s biggest Christmas lesson needs to be about the gift of giving.
She narrowed her wishlist down to the following:
Barbie 3-Storey Dreamhouse – Little One has been begging us for this, but we got her a 3-storey doll house last year. Okay, we got it second-hand from an online re-sale site. It’s made of cardboard and wood. The floor is falling apart and there was no furniture included. Little One really wants this one. Is it just me, or do kids have expensive taste? 🙂 I’m not sure if ‘Santa’ is going to get it or not.
Mommy and Daddy will be giving her this from her list and a few books and DVDs. Operation is something Little One was interested in and it’s something we can all play together as a family.
Little One did make a wishlist for her cousins and for 2 kids to donate presents to:
Little One said her girl cousins would love to receive LALALOOPSY dolls and Monster High furniture, and the boys would love Transformers and Angry Birds items. She’d like to donate some baby toys and books. The Furby Boom? She said maybe the dog could give it to her for Christmas. Interesting.
On the topic of wishlists, Sears Canada is giving away up to $10,000 in prizes in their Wishes of Joy contest. Share your own holiday wishes and you can be entered to win! Head on over and share your own wishlist, because it’s only open until Decmeber 15th.
Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Mom Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.