What Can Children Learn from Christmas?
December arrives, and between shopping, parties, meals, meetings, trips, and so much commotion, have you ever wondered what children can learn from Christmas?
Well, we want to tell you that they can learn many things and that we can take advantage of this time to talk about values, projects, emotions, feelings, meetings, and illusions. In short, life itself!
Keep reading and discover all that children can learn from Christmas!
Take advantage of the Advent season to explain to them what Christmas is all about
Advent refers to the four weeks before Christmas and is the time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. This word comes from the Latin ad-venio, which means “to come or to arrive.” Therefore, the streets and shopping malls reflect this time of celebration with the preparation of colorful decorations and the assembly of the traditional Christmas tree.
This period allows us to teach children that although the Christmas celebration is only one day, what’s being celebrated is so important that it immerses us in that spirit much earlier. This gives us the opportunity to tell children about the story of Jesus, the arrival of the Magi, and all the meaning that the symbols of this celebration have, such as the star of Bethlehem, the manger, the star, and the tree.
Many families use an Advent calendar to commemorate this season with their children. For example, you can carry out a different Christmas activity each day. For example, decorate the tree, make Christmas crafts, decorate cookies to pass out to neighbors, send out Christmas cards, go caroling, see a Christmas play, reenact the Christmas story, read books about Christmas, buy Christmas presents for children in need, and so much more. You can also choose to honor Jesus’s birth with an Advent wreath.
Talk to them about the importance of gratitude
The Christmas season, when children receive so many gifts, is a good time for them to learn to be grateful and to appreciate the effort that the other person has made to bring them those presents. And if, for some reason, they don’t receive gifts, we should explain to them the circumstances and that they should value the presence and love that people give them every day.
Generate conversations about values
These are days of vacations, celebrations, and spending time together at home. Christmas is a good time to generate family conversations about values such as empathy, patience, kindness, gratitude, and, above all, forgiveness.
Educating in values is a year-round task, both at school and at home, but it’s always good to have a special occasion to talk about values. We must speak with clear examples and let children learn why living with values is beneficial for them and for their future.
Teach them to share
If your children have the opportunity to receive a lot of gifts and toys at Christmas, it’s a good time to talk about solidarity and sharing with those who have less. For example, you can ask them to prepare a box with toys or clothes they no longer use to donate them to an institution or school in the area.
As you can see, there are many things children can learn from Christmas!
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
– Bob Hope –
What can children learn from putting up a Christmas tree?
Putting up the tree is a family event, but rarely is the meaning of the tree explained to children. The Christmas tree symbolizes hope, togetherness, and love. In fact, each color is a symbol and has its own meaning:
- Red: Represents love and generosity
- Green: Symbolizes hope
- White: Stands for joy and faith
- Gold: Means prosperity
- Silver: Has to do with innocence
What can children learn from Christmas and what will they never forget?
Everything children can learn from each family Christmas becomes part of their childhood memories and will be in their memory forever. Children will never forget the loving celebrations, the fun after-dinner conversations, and the joy of receiving gifts, among many other things.
In addition, if you transform every Christmas into a time of learning, not only will their hearts be grateful for so much love, but you’ll help them build their lives on the solid foundation of values, emotions, and positive feelings that will accompany them throughout their lives.
Merry Christmas, family!
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