There is no doubt that children "make" the holidays. There is nothing like the smile on a child's face as they see all the Christmas lights lit up as you drive around your town or the look of awe on their face on Christmas morning when they wake up to presents under the tree. But as our children move into the teen years, the Christmas season loses some of its awe and wonder...if we let it!
It is true that we cannot turn back the clock and we cannot stop our kids from outgrowing some of our holiday traditions. Let's face it, it would look pretty funny seeing your 16-year-old sitting on Santa's lap in the local mall. But with some planning, we can still make the Holiday Season special.
Every year, from the time my children were toddlers, in November, I get out all my Advent materials, old Christmas calendars, and "idea" books for the Christmas season. I take a day and pour through them and pick out the activities that will suit my family for the coming holiday season. While you can keep some old traditions, you will find you need to give some up and add new ones that your teens will find enjoyable. Below are some ideas to help you get started.
Deck the Halls
While your teens may not be as excited about getting the house decorated for the holidays as they used to, this family tradition can still be a time to make memories and share a common bond.
Holiday Events for Teens
Teens may be too busy or not very interested in attending holiday events with the family. Here are some things that will likely strike their fancy - and remember to include their friends.
Gifts for Teens
Coming up with exciting gifts for teenagers that don't break the bank can be a real problem.
As we move into the Holiday Season, let us remember the TRUE reason for Christmas, and let's make sure our teens remember it also. It is not the gifts, or the lights, or tree. It's not even family getting together or sharing our abundance with those less fortunate. While these have become an important part of our holiday tradition in America, we need to make sure we remember WHY we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, God's precious gift to us.
According to John 3:16, "God so loved the world that He gave us His son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus is the real Reason for the Season; let's make sure we and our families honor Him this holiday season.
Excerpt from Happy Holidays with Teens, by Patricia Chadwick, available in both ebook and print formats.
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