Experiencing Holidays Through My Son’s Eyes

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I have a son that loves holidays. He’s eight. He never was into trucks or sports, but he can single-handedly decorate our yard, door, and every surface in our 825-square-foot home for the holidays — mostly with homemade original stuff. Maybe if we get lucky, he spends his own money to purchase “real nice” decorations from the 99-cents store.

I haven’t been sure what to do with this enthusiasm, because I am a visual merchandiser by nature (and in my previous career). I like to have a place for everything and have some rest for the eye visually — and the tchotchkes cramp my style. So where holidays are concerned, my husband and I haven’t been inclined to make too big a deal about them. That was before our son took it into his own hands.

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As a parent, you desire to set the right precedence for your kids and not mislead them. However, I think we can use “holidays” — whether they be man-made, family-made, or historically made — as an opportunity to turn our children’s hearts to God. He provided seasons for us to remember Him in so many different ways. I’m learning that my son is already the little person who God created him to be. There is something in him that yearns for the seasonal change and the great expectation of “what’s next.”

Click here for the full post, Seeing Holidays Through My Son’s Eyes, for more about what God’s teaching me about celebrating holidays with my children through the creativity and excitement of my son.

As Easter approaches, how do you view celebrating the holidays with your children? What are your favorite family Easter traditions? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Cristina Eklund is wife to Jeremy Eklund, a public high school history teacher, and mother of Elijah (9), Arielle (6) and Samuel (10 months). A former visual merchandising executive for a large global retailer, Cristina was homeschooled from 6th grade through high school and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Her husband was also homeschooled until the third grade. She has been homeschooling her children since 2010. After living in Nicaragua for two years to do missionary work, the Eklunds now live in Concord, Calif.