Waiting in Advent, chores, festive atmosphere: even if Christmas 2020 will not be the same as the others, the children will live it exactly as usual. And the waiting for gifts, to receive and to do, falls into this picture. If the children are older, involving them in the active choice of gifts to give to grandparents, uncles and friends is an opportunity to teach them the value of gifts, the attention that can be put in choosing a thought dedicated to someone. Solidarity gifts are an excellent solution to combine the search for the gift with that pinch of generosity and spirit of sharing that, during the Christmas period, it never hurts to spread. Another nice idea? L’family tree for Christmas 2020: an album format genealogical tree in which the child can relive and build the history of his family, hunting for memories and memories that then become a perfect gift to give to grandparents, for example.
“Our family tree” can be bought in bookstores (physical and online) and on familium.it, and it’s a perfect gift to celebrate the family. It can be considered a sort of illustrated (and hardcover) atlas in which to write or paste memories, photos and thoughts. All to reconstruct and leave the history of an entire family and the generations that have followed one another over the years fixed on paper.
The idea of the book with the family tree it may seem a little vintage, but, in order to explain Christmas to children and experience its atmosphere in the essential, it can be a great way to put the spotlight on the things that are really important. Like, for example, the family. In the year of Covid-19 in which families will be able to get together with difficulty, in which grandparents remain far from their grandchildren and it is not yet known which contours of Christmas that we know will remain intact, focusing on a gift like this focuses on the importance of the gift as an exchange. In this case of memories, memories and traditions.
Why it is important to talk about family history to children
Grandparents are the keepers of family memories and if the child is lucky he can hear them through their voice. A way to revive memories of the past even through the eyes of the little ones. If the grandparents are no longer there, the parents are the figures who can pass on family traditions and stories, stories about grandparents and great-grandparents, adventures, even the adversities that the family has faced in the past. The child thus understands that there was a “before”, a world in which he was not yet there but which also had protagonists: his parents as children, grandparents and then again the grandparents’ parents. A universe of relatives that he can meet, albeit only virtually, for example by looking at the scrapbook, with black and white photos that have survived the time. In this way the meaning and value of memory acquires an irreplaceable value, because the story of grandparents and parents who make it reborn in the eyes of the child becomes an adventure in which his own ancestors were the protagonists.
Combining all this past with a Christmas gift is a good idea, to focus our eyes on the really important things and have a good excuse to talk about the past, about people who may no longer be there or to rebuild, in the eyes of the grandchildren, the image of grandfather or grandmother when young. A journey through time that is always worth taking.