No matter how old we are, Christmas brings to us joy, happiness, blessings, sharing and respect for each other.
For some of us, the meaning of Christmas is about gathering together with our loved ones during the darkest, coldest times of the year, (or like us gathering together in the warm sunshine) and sharing love and good wishes for the coming year.
In Hua Hin and other parts of Thailand, many kids come from multicultural families or live in a multi-cultural environment. It can sometimes make things a little confusing to a young child, who can’t help but wonder what Christmas is celebrating. Here is how we can explain to our little ones the meaning of Christmas.
It means different things to different people. To some it’s a very holy time. To others it’s a time for fun and celebration with friends and family. So why not once a year try to put everything else aside and enjoy the tradition.
Even if people aren’t Christian, I think Christmas still brings out the best in all of us. The simplest way is to say that Christians believe that God had a baby named Jesus more than 2,000 years ago, and that Christmas is their way of celebrating that baby’s birthday. No matter where you are it is very important to note that many people view this holiday as being spiritual and culturally significant.
It is important that children realise that Christmas is not just about receiving gifts, and important for them to learn and take on board the meaning and significance of the gifts themselves. Christmas is a time for selflessness, forgiveness and community and without these things being considered gifts do become meaningless. You could also explain that gifts are essentially rewards for being a good human being with positive traits.
A couple of things can be followed by all of us without being religious by bringing a Christmas atmosphere into every home.
An Advent Wreath, a crown which can be hung at the entrance door or as a centerpiece on the dining table adding four candles which represent the four weeks before Christmas.
Candles are lit on the four Sundays before Christmas, this year it will start on the 1st of December.
Where to buy Christmas Deco: You will most likely find your items in Index Living Mall, Makro, Tesco, Villa Market…
For your Christmas tree, It is up to you of when you start installing it in your house. If you go for a fake tree, then you can start decorating it the same weekend as the Advent wreath. If you go for a real one buy it inly 2 weeks before Christmas, to avoid too many pines falling.
With all this advice we wish you all a wonderful Christmas Holiday!!