We started a new family tradition(thanks to Eden for the inspiration), which is to have a Christmas kickoff party! We get out our Christmas tree and decorate while listening/dancing to Christmas classics, then read Luke 2 together about the birth of Jesus and then eat fresh out of the oven homemade cookies & milk.
The kids have accidentally hurt me pretty bad the past two days; hitting my eye with a stick, jump roping and smacking my face, leaving cupboards open, causing a bruise on my nose, and then tonight as we were decorating the tree, one of the kids was swinging a flashlight and smacked it hard right on the back on my head. I got angry and said, “My goodness, why do you guys keep hurting me lately? It hurts so bad! You need to be more aware of other people in your surroundings, it’s not just you that live in this world, the world does NOT revolve around you. Be considerate of other people!” Right when I was done talking, my 8 yr, old daughter says to me, “Wow, mom, wow. What a JOLLY Christmas.”
I was still angry but it melted as I realized how I was so excited to start this happy Christmas tradition and here I am yelling and lecturing at my kids, ruining the Christmas spirit. I started to laugh and then we all did and we made up with kisses and hugs and it indeed ended up being a JOLLY Christmas after all.
p.s. my son was not happy we wouldn’t let him eat the cookie he snatched until the end. haha
p.p.s. I want to post more about family on my blog. So expect more family posts from me!