Education, Parenting

How to explain the meaning of Christmas to a child #MacysBelieve

Between November 7 – December 24, visit your local Macy’s store or Macy’s Believe online to submit your child’s letter to Santa and help make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish kids around the country. For every letter received through December 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish (up to $1,000,000).

My youngest is 6 and I have discovered that 6 is the perfect age to teach the real meaning of Christmas. I grew up Catholic and had a Catholic education and was surrounded by the real meaning of Christmas with church choir and the story of Christ pageants. I have to stop and remember that our boys do not have the constant influence I had and I need to teach that. 

I recently was a part of a conference call with Actor, Kirk Cameron for his Saving Christmas movie that helps teach the meaning of Christmas and my question to him was “How do you explain the meaning of Christmas to a younger, present-eager child (like I have)?” His answer: the movie Charlie Brown Christmas. Then I remembered other movies as well such as Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Clause. Movies are excellent ways to show children in a way they relate about the meaning of Christmas. It was also suggested to teach them about St Nick-not Santa Clause in the red suit, but the real saint he is created of. I found a story online and he now knows who St Nicholas is. Putting on a movie, educating them on Santa Clause and who he really is has done wonders for my son as he tries to talk of what he learned to family and friends. He now can walk by the mall Santa and know who he represents. He knows presents take work to “make (buy)” and it is not something that is given without efforts from others. I tell him how hard my husband and I as well as Grandma and his Uncles work and that when he gets gifts from all of us, we worked hard for those and we give them from our hearts. 

In the spirit of the holidays, we visited our local Macy’s as we do every year and my son wrote out some wishes and we mailed them to the North Pole. Macy’s Believe center has many spirited holiday items for sale nearby, a decorated tree, mailbox and writing station. Anyone can write a wish and have it sent to Santa! My son asked for more TNMT Build-A-Bears, LEGOS and Skylander characters.
Believe Day is December 12 and it is on this day that we want to inspire generosity towards those in need. It is a day to embrace goodwill and charity. Macy’s will work with Make-A-Wish to grant wishes!
More about Make-A-Wish (Greater Bay Area)
  • Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants more than 300 wishes annually to children who have battled a life-threatening illness.
  • Last year, Make-A-Wish granted the wishes of more than 14,000 children across the United States. A wish is granted every 38 minutes!
  • Anyone can refer a child. To qualify, the child must be between 2.5 and 17 at the time of referral, they must have a life-threatening medical condition, and they cannot have had a wish before from Make-A-Wish or another wish granting organization.
  • A wish often marks a turning point in a child’s recovery, and the child’s entire family is included in the wish experience
Take the opportunity to teach the meaning of Christmas. Sit down to a spirited holiday movie with the kids and visit Macy’s Believe center and make it a magical experience for them. The prepare for some volunteering or visit a wish tree on December 12 and have a family charity outing. Shop for gifts for a giving tree together or volunteer. These are great way to show your children about the spirit of the Holidays.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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