Educate in the value of patience at Christmas to children.
The agitation, the Christmas decorations, the new smells in the house and in the streets … are elements that make the little ones passionate and that help them to wait for the arrival of the holidays.
Christmas is a good occasion to teach them to enjoy the present moment and to live together the time that passes. Also, during the Christmas holidays you can instill in your children the value of patience.
Educate children in the value of patience
Already in Antiquity, these dates were highly anticipated and celebrated, as they marked the arrival of longer days than nights and the return of light. And the more light there was, the better the crops and the more abundant the food. Christmas symbolizes that return to the long awaited light, that rebirth. It is the period of hope in a better day. In Christian rites, that hope is concretized in the birth of a child, bearer of all hopes.
For a boy or a girl, waiting for Christmas Eve to come is to learn patience. In fact, that learning begins very soon, when he separates from his parents during the day.
The baby learns little by little that, although their parents are not there, they have not disappeared. And, if suddenly it stops having something, it does not mean that that thing does not exist anymore. Like light, which is reborn after it goes out. That is also hope. The child lives in the present, is impregnated by what surrounds him.
During the preparations for the party, he perceives the changes in the decoration, the words that are exchanged, the emotions of each one, the joy and the shared pleasures. For him, waiting is also to live intensely every moment and be happy about what is happening. What he shares with joy at that moment, will want to perpetuate it when they are an adult, with their own children.
The child also learns to wait with others around him. He perceives that everyone shares something equally and understands that everyone has the same obligations. Including the elderly, without this being called into question their “adult status”.
It is something that gives security to the child in his desire to grow. Setting the time for appointments and rituals such as the advent calendar or the candles that are lit every week before Christmas, allows the children to materialize the time. For them, it is a materialization of the abstract.