I found a great article on helping your family find ways to simplify the Christmas season. It is from the Family Home Evening Resource Book and is meant to be one or two FHE lessons. With the attention span of our little ones I think I have enough info here to do FHE until Christmas!
The thing that really caught my eye was a paragraph at the beginning under the FOR THE PARENTS heading.
"If Christmas could just happen without so much bother.” “I can’t wait to see what I get.” “By the time Christmas arrives I am so exhausted I hardly feel anything but relief.” Many of us—adults and children—go through the whole holiday season with thoughts like these foremost in our minds. How many times have you had such feelings or thoughts yourself? But Christmas is actually one of the most sacred of holidays, and enjoying its true spirit, which is the Spirit of Christ, can bring us closer to the Savior. "
I find myself with that "Can't we just get it over with" feeling at times. I LOVE Christmas, so I don't want to feel that way. I want to savor the spirit of the season and be the kind of person that radiates the love of Christ, not the bitterness of a grinch!
Anyway, I thought you might like a peek at the article. And, hey, there's at least a few FHE ideas for you!