Enjoy Christmas As If You Were A Child

I doubt any kids read this blog.  While I think many of the topics that I talk about should be taught to kids (staying out of debt, paying credit cards, saving responsibly), I don’t write it to where I think kids would want to read.

That being said, this post is directly for kids…the one inside each and every one of you.

Christmas is next week and regardless if you celebrate that as a holiday, the time of year and the holiday spirit should be alive and well.

Unfortunately, I think many of us get so caught up in the ‘things to do’ regarding Christmas and the holidays, that we forget to actually enjoy the time.  Think about that for a second.  We do all these things to make it a great holiday: Decorate, Buy Presents, Wrap Presents, Pay For the Presents, Make Cookies, Gather the Family and all the other things.  We do all that and we get so consumed with it that we forget to actually enjoy ourselves.

At the end of the holiday season, how many people say something along the lines of “I’m so glad this is all over!”

I know I do.

The thing is, while the holidays can be busy and expensive and stress levels can go sky high, the fact is that it’s a time for enjoyment. And, there is no better way to remember this than to think for a minute about how much kids enjoy Christmas.  If you have kids, you know what I mean.  Our 3-year old ran downstairs the day after we put up the Christmas tree, looking for his presents under the tree.

That’s enthusiasm!

One of my favorite modern Christmas songs is by Gloria Estafan, where she did a song called “Christmas Through Your Eyes” and it talks about how she wishes that she could see Christmas through the eyes of a child.

I’m with her all the way.

I challenge everybody reading this to give yourself a gift this Christmas holiday.  Make a pledge to take some time and do something that will bring Christmas to your eyes like it appears to the eyes of a child.  If you have young kids, spend some time with them as they open gifts and capture some of their excitement.  If you don’t, then find something from your childhood that you remember best about the holidays, and spend some time figuring out why that memory was so everlasting.  Chances are it will bring some of that unbridled holiday enthusiasm back to you.

In the end, try to see Christmas through their eyes.  If you can capture that for just a few moments, it will make it all seem worth it.

Readers, what do you to take time out from the hustle and bustle to actually enjoy the holiday season?  How do you put things in perspective?

16 thoughts on “Enjoy Christmas As If You Were A Child”

  1. I’m pretty relaxed this time of year. My mission seems to be to make sure my wife relaxes. To accomplish this I try to help her around the house and make sure she has an hour or two every night to sit down and watch a movie or spend time talking.
    It can be far too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this time of year.

  2. This is why I love the film, ‘Elf’ so much. It’s so silly and innocent and really makes me feel like a kid again.

  3. We try and just take everything in stride and have fun with our little ones. One of our favorite things is to go to the nice neighborhoods and look at all the Christmas light displays. The kids absolutely love it which makes it so much fun.

  4. At this time of year, you have many opportunities to enjoy the time just like a child. Giving and receiving gifts are always enjoyable. It is also a chance to get together and enjoy the times.

  5. I like the idea of seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child, and have come to enjoy simple traditions again, after thinking they were so lame as a teen. Having little kids around definitely helps, to make Christmas magical for them.

  6. I feel like we have been very kid centered this holiday season. It is pretty easy when you have a small child. The challenge will be to continue that as she gets older. I love this time of year and all the simple little things kids love to do.

    • Yeah, one year in my 20’s I put up the tree and put some lights on it, and that was it. I didn’t bother with ornaments. So I’ve been there 🙂

  7. I’ve always enjoyed Christmas, and even now that I’m 30 I still get excited on Christmas morning. Maybe not as much as when I was a kid, but its still one of my favorite times of the year 🙂

  8. I definitely spend time tackling the todo list over the holidays, but the part I like the best is being out and about during the day, grabbing an afternoon coffee and not having to worry about work the next day. It id still one of my favorite times of the year. It’s just the things that I look forward to are different.

  9. It’s so true. I definitely get caught up in the things to do and have to force myself to just relax and enjoy time with my family when it’s Christmas. Board games definitely help.

  10. This is such a great message. I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had much time to appreciate and enjoy the season. Thank you for sharing. Happy holidays!

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