The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Thank you, Holiday tv shows

on December 11, 2012

We’ve watched a fair amount of holiday tv around here. It’s nice to flip to ABC Family and catch whichever movie happens to be on. We’ve seen Rudolph, Elf, Santa Baby, The Santa Clause, Santa Paws and others I can’t remember now. Have you noticed that in many of these movies Christmas is in jeopardy, and then the hero saves the day? Caden has. We’ve had several conversations over the last week about “What if Christmas doesn’t happen?” or “What if Santa can’t find our house?” She also said that if she didn’t get what she wanted from Santa, she was going to pout, just like DW did on Arthur. I’ve never liked Arthur before, but now that show is banned in our house.

All of these conversations lead back to the whole Christmas isn’t about presents, it’s about Baby Jesus and being with our family, but I don’t think any of it is hitting home. I’m going to take the girls to Target to pick out two gifts that they would like, which we will then turn around donate to Toys for Tots. Again, not sure either of them will understand what I’m trying to get across.

Anyone have ideas on getting kids to be more grateful than greedy during the holiday season?

3 responses to “Thank you, Holiday tv shows

  1. Kyla says:

    Cartoon version of The Grinch?

  2. Julie Howard says:

    I second The Grinch (cartoon version)! “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more!”

  3. Jill says:

    A few ideas i’ve stolen from friends-

    Advent wreath. It has four candles. Each night at dinner we light one candle for each week of advent. We talk about it’s the time where we prepare for Jesus’s birthday. They have a little people nativity so we talk about that and the gifts from the wise men

    Christmas adopt a family from preschool- P&T each chose an ornament with a gift request. They picked the item out and helped wrap it. Lots of opportunity to talk about giving being better than receiving

    They helped me shop for family gifts online. We looked at a bunch of choices and we attempted to talk about choosing something that person would like instead of what you like. I think they were a little young for this one. It sort of devolved into looking through catalogs and adding items to their own lists.

    I know this is super cheesy but we plan to make Jesus a birthday cake on Christmas Eve. The kids are insanely excited. They’ve been in all my cookbooks.

    That’s what we are trying so far. It hasn’t completely curbed the I wants, but I think/hope it’s helping…

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