Hello, dear WDS parents. Thank you for allowing me to pop into your December inbox. This month is so laden with “all the things” that the last thing I want to do is add to the noise.
So quietly, like a whisper, I just want to gently encourage you to….
Soak it in. Preschoolers LOVE Christmas and their joy is contagious. They don’t need to be taught how to experience wonder at this time of year. They come by it naturally. Let’s your preschooler’s enjoyment of lights, decorations, baby Jesus, and the elf rub off on you. Soak it in. Get down on their level so you can see Christmas through their eyes. If you are moving too fast to do that without twitching, let one or two of the balls you are juggling fall to the ground. You only get one pass through the preschool phase with your children. You don’t want to miss this part.
“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas,
when it’s mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
At the same time, I also know preschoolers are not perfect angels at this time in year. There are still bedtimes to wrestle to the ground and sugar-induced meltdowns to endure. I heard someone say recently, “Parenting is harder than your day job.” That is truth. Just because it’s the most wonderful time of year doesn’t mean it’s easy. In this month’s “Keep It Short” we’ll give you one simple phrase to gently but firmly set a limit when Christmas crazies abound at home.
We look forward to welcoming you to classrooms for Christmas parties in two weeks. With a simple retelling of the story of Jesus’ birth and a rousing version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” our children show us how to be captivated by a baby in a manger. Keep in mind, the program is short so you really want to arrive on time or you will miss it. You can find the specifics for your class here: Christmas Parties.
We’d also love to have your family worship with us on Christmas Eve at First Presbyterian Church. There are some child-friendly worship options I think you’ll really appreciate. All the details can be found here: Christmas Eve.
May wonder and joy fill your Christmas as you celebrate Jesus' birth.