As we’re nearing the end of November I’ve been thinking a lot about the festive season that’s not even around the corner anymore, it’s pretty much been dropped on our heads overnight (well, as soon as we packed away the pumpkins and the witches brooms!)
Being that it will be Jaspy’s first Christmas I’m so excited that this will be my first chance to instil some family traditions.
The build up to Christmas fills me with memories of 25 years worth of Thornton family traditions and it actually makes me well up to imagine Jaspy, 25 years from now reminiscing about what I begin now!
Here’s what I want for Jaspy’s first Christmas; not a present list, but what sparkle and magic I want him to discover:
I don’t want him to ever ask people where his presents are; nor do I ever want him to utter ungrateful words. I don’t want his focus on Christmas Day to be about what gifts he’ll get but about the love he’ll feel.
Christmas to Jaspy will be about family and love; spending time with those who care about him most and not whether or not he got the latest iPad.
Gratitude and Giving
I want Jaspy to be the person that is grateful for a table full of family and food. I want him to know that we’re extremely fortunate and that there are many who spend Christmas alone and hungry.
He’ll be taking part in the Christmas shoe box appeal; giving his old toys and clothes to charity and I’d love to take him to visit local shelters to help out when he’s old enough to truly understand.
The true story of Christmas
It really upsets me that people can enjoy Christmas without even understanding the true meaning. Starting this year I’ll be reading Jaspy the story of baby Jesus in the build up to the 25th and making sure that when he’s older, he understands the reason we have this day.
The Hype, the Magic, the Sparkle
Of course I want him to feel the magic. I want to see his eyes light up when he hears the sleigh bells outside of his window and sees the soot by the back door. I want him to leave a carrot for Rudolf and reindeer sparkle to guide their way. I want him to know that the little elves are working all year round to make him a toy he can love and cherish.
Let it snow
Please let it snow ON Christmas Day at least once while Jaspy is a child. Not the day before, not the day after but let him wake up on Christmas morning to snow (please).
A Christmas Eve movie, Christmas morning bacon sarnies … The little traditions that make Christmas what it is!
I know that for Jaspy Christmas will be magical whether I succeed in the above or not but Christmas is a prime time to instil some great characteristics into your child. If they can’t be grateful, thankful and loving during the festive season then when can they?
What do you want your child to get out of Christmas?
Thanks for reading!