For every mom and dad that is stressing about the gifts under the tree, I want to show up to remind you of something very important as we near Christmas morning…
What your kids will look back on one day, will not be the presents in a box.
In fact, it’s quite possible that when they reminisce about their childhood that they won’t remember any of the gifts.
I’ll bet you have a lot of Christmas memories. Hopefully, they’re all good ones. And I’m also willing to bet that you could not name on one hand any of the gifts you received. Sure a very special present here and there but certainly not anywhere near all of them.
The one gift I remember first and foremost is a jump rope. The reason why? It was a really funny tradition that I used to give my mom a hard time about every year.
Each year no matter how old I got she gave me a jump rope and each year I would do my usual eye roll and tell her that I don’t need one.
Here Is What I Remember About Christmas
- The pajamas I got every Christmas Eve.
- My mom reading the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible.
- Baking a birthday cake for Jesus.
- Looking out at the sky to see if I could spot Santa.
- Picking out the perfect cookie to leave out for him.
The theme here? Tradition.
It’s the most important thing of all. It’s what we will keep stored in our brain our whole life.
Here’s what I think my kids will remember about Christmas:
- Giggling together in their bedroom and trying to fall asleep but it being so hard.
- Making cinnamon rolls for breakfast every year.
- Spreading reindeer food in the lawn.
- How overly excited mom got about the handmade presents.
What do you think your family will store in their memory bank? Those things are what you should focus on.
During the stress of the holidays, take some pressure off yourself and rely on the memory making and not the gift giving.
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Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.