Dec 9, 2011

If you read one thing on parenting this Christmas this should be it

The Christmas countdown is well under way in our house. Our eldest is making it a daily priority to remind us how few days we’ve got left to get everything ready.

Being a parent at Christmas is probably one of the biggest challenges of the year. But Jen Hatmaker’s post The Christmas Conundrum is quite simply the best thing (on web or in print) that I’ve read for parents seeking to navigate through the priorities and pitfalls of Christmas. If you read one thing on parenting this Christmas this is it.

She writes

‘We all know it. We all feel it. Every year we bear this tension. Each December, the world feels off kilter. But in the absence of a better plan or an alternative rhythm or – let’s just say it – courage, we feed the machine yet again, giving Jesus lip service while teaching our kids to ask Santa for whatever they want, because, you know, that’s really what Christmas boils down to.

I just cannot take it anymore, yall. I cannot.’

Happy reading, and of course, a happy Christmas.

(HT: Aimee Bentall)


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