Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Family Christmas Traditions: A Gift for Jesus

The Girl Creative is hosting a Creating Christmas Blog Fest, and today is sharing a family Christmas tradition. I wanted to share one that is very dear to me from my childhood and one we plan to start this year with our three year old daughter. It's also a part of the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash, they are also featuring Christmas Tradtions, over at Tidy Mom.It's our gift to Jesus, this shoe box wrapped in very dated gift wrap might not look like much, but inside are years of memories and good deeds. Each year me and my brother would draw a picture representing something nice we had done and put in into the box.
Here is a very early one from me, in 1980 mine was all the hugs and kisses I gave to Mom and Dad. I was almost three years old.
The next year, at nearly four, I added setting the table for my mom and some early attempts at name writing are also captured.
A few years later, it was playing ball with my little brother David. How wonderful to have these examples of childhood work and writing to look back at. It's a time capsule that also shows how my artistic abilities evolved and a reminder of what the holiday is all about. Giving Jesus what is most important, a gift from the heart.

21 Friends Said:

Jennifer Juniper said...

It would be so fun to pull out all the old pictures to look at before placing the new one inside. Great idea!

Jo Shabo said...

That is such a lovely tradition- I really like that idea! Thanks for sharing.

The Activity Mom said...

I really like that!

Rebecca said...

Oh my gosh, i LOVE this idea!!!

jen said...

what a nice tradition - and one i have never heard of before. i remember taking a present to baby Jesus to put under the church Christmas tree and beiong so excited to do that every Christmas Eve - it was then donated to a shelter.
merry Christmas!
jen

Xazmin said...

What a sweet tradition. It's so wonderful that you're passing it on to your daughter!

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

What a neat idea and a special way to keep a collection of the stages the kids go through. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsey said...

This is such a wonderful and special tradition! I want to do this when my daughter is old enough to understand. :-)

Shona Cole said...

What a great idea on so many levels! I am so glad I stopped by, I will bookmark you and be back!

And thanks for signing up to follow along with my blog. Remember to check in on Saturday when I begin my Saturday Giveaway to count down to the publication of my book 'The Artistic Mother' in March :)

Shona

Tara said...

Such a great idea and a neat way to hang onto pieces of art.

Sandra said...

What a fun idea and so great you still have those pictures and memories.

Holly said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I really think tradition is very sweet....it just might be one of those that we adopt this year. Those drawings are priceless.

Holly @ 504 Main

Nichol said...

Katie that is wonderful. What a great tradition. I like it so much I may have to copy this!!! Love your drawing.

Nicole said...

Oh Katie! I love this! I had tears in my eyes looking at these. How sweet!

Julie said...

I love this too and may have to copy it!

Vickie said...

That is a good idea! My brother and his family always bake a cake for Jesus on Christmas Eve.

Your drawings are SOOO sweet:)

Michelle said...

I love this idea, I think we will be starting a new special tradition this year. Thank you for the amazing idea!

RoS said...

It was WONDERFUL to look back on all of the Christmas "gifts!" How did the years go by so quickly? Looking forward to adding one from ER for Papa and Grammy's box!

TidyMom said...

What a BEAUTIFUL tradition!

Thanks for linking up!
Merry Christmas!
~TidyMom

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very neat!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Katie, I just got a little choked up with this one. What a precious way to instill this great quality with our little ones and stop to think about what is truly the most important thing to give at Christmas. I will be using this idea for tomorrow (Sunday's) activity of the day. I can't wait to use this as a tradition we do through the years! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I wanted to do something with wrapping a gift for Jesus, but couldn't figure out exactly what to do, so I'm so happy to have stumbled across this post (I'm SO BEHIND in reading blogs!!)

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