My kids love making Christmas wish lists, having inherited the skill from their list-dependent mother and father both. But in my pondering of how to make our Christmas season more meaningful and less of the if-I-can-just-survive-until-January mentality, I thought it would be great to get the whole family's input. So I quick whipped up the Family Christmas List. (If you're in reader mode, you'll have to click over to the blog to see the list, or just click on the link below and it takes you to Scribd.)
Family Christmas List
The Family Christmas List is actually four different lists in one: presents, family activities, other activities, and service/charitable giving. It was a huge hit! We presented the list to the kids after dinner Sunday night and they eagerly set to work.
The list gave us a great opportunity to further train our children in Christian living. For example, Ryne had no problem filling out the first three categories, but left the last section completely blank. No wonder! Usually when our family serves Christ in concrete ways, Ryne is just told what we're doing. The girls struggled a little with this part of the list too, so for a kid with autism it was even harder.
In case you're wondering, yes, Marc and I filled out a list too. Actually, I'm still working on mine. The next step is for Marc and I to look over everyone's lists and decide what we will actually do. Ideally, I would have had this idea a week or more ago and we could already have our plans made before the holidays were in full swing.
I know this list doesn't guarantee we will have a Christ-centered Christmas, but it at least helps us to be thinking about it and planning for it, instead of just hoping that magically this will be the year we finally get Christmas right.
Another burst of inspiration just hit (and I'm not even in the shower): I will do a follow-up post later in December sharing how our list came to fruition. If you are able to use this list (or do something similar in your family), I'd love to hear what kinds of activities your family enjoys.
P.S. Prints on US Legal size paper (8.5 x 14)
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