Simple things like presents under the tree and waiting with anticipation at what was in "that" box are more enjoyable with a little one. Or believing like Virginia did back in 1897 that "Santa exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know how they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy." so says Mr. Church, editor of the New York Sun.
Telling of the Christmas story is even better too. I love the idea of a hotel is equal to an inn. I think of angels coming to make the announcement of Jesus' birth, and how the shepherds followed the star and somehow that is like "the huge spotlights that are used to shine up into the sky and gather spectators." How "sleeping on a bed of hay could have allowed the baby to get bit by bed-bugs, cause in colonial times they had to beat the bugs out everyday." And how "the King was jealous of Him, and wanted to kill all the boy babies, that is just silly. Everyone knows there must be boys, so when they grow up ladies can get married and have babies."
This is just some of the great ideas I hear floating around this time of year. It is just fun.
One last project we had up our sleeve was to make figurines of the story. I bought this kit a few years ago and love the clay for projects. Sculpey is the brand and it bakes up really well. It will burn. Ours did a little, but it is still adorable.