Advent Jars 2010
Today is the fourth Sunday before Christmas and also the start of Advent. I love certain aspects of Christmas. Sparkly lights twinkling from windows, Christmas Carols, mince pies, cards from distant friends and new Christmas-issue stamps from the Post Office. But I also worry about Christmas. I try very hard to make gift-giving just one small part of the Christmas festivies. But sometimes I feel it's an uphill struggle. There is so much marketing aimed at children and Z is reaching the age where he is influenced by the bigger picture of cosumerism outside the walls of our home. As my children get older I want to prevent them from viewing Christmas as nothing more than a celebration based on receiving toys and we go to our local church for the Christmas Service even though we are not a religious family.
This year I have made advent jars for them to share. Each one contains a small gift (a felted ball, a shell, a few paper gold stars), that I hope will encourage them to appreciate the small and home-made in preparation for Christmas Day itself.
Maybe I'm just worrying too much. Perhaps at this time of year I should just let them be absorbed by the childhood joys of unwrapping and the delights of new toys.