This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, the season of preparing for Christmas. I’ve already given you a few ideas of how we prepare the children for Christmas. I shared with you the poem written by one of our students about waiting for the birth of a baby. I shared too the thought that God chose a humble family on the margins of society with a wonderful, loving, brave woman, Mary and a caring man, St Joseph, to be the family to bring up Jesus.
This week I want to write about why Christmas is so special for children. I know how much you enjoy the look on your children’s faces on Christmas morning when they open their presents. For children, the message of Christmas is also about how someone so young and vulnerable can grow up to be Jesus. The message is one of hope for the future. This is the same theme of Easter Sunday.
By coming into the world as a baby the message from God is to care for children. I think this is where the focus on children at Christmas comes from. Although we teach our children that they are special and important there is much more to the way we approach Christmas at school.
Advent is a way to learn to wait for something special, hence the Advent calendar. Its also about what we do when we wait. Just as we clean our house for visitors – we get ready for Christmas by trying hard to be good as an individual and as a community. Our school community effort is to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. We donate food presented at the Christmas concert. St Vincent de Paul is helping families in the dought ravaged country and those affected by bushfires as well as disadvantaged urban families. The children are taught to get ready by thinking of others, not just themselves and acting kindly and unselfishly. We want them to be worthy of their special Christmas treats.
With kind regards,