Here you’ll find 7 easy ideas to celebrate Nativity of the Theotokos as a family – with an emphasis on easy! As a busy mom with 4 little ones, I know how precious your time is, so I hope to simplify how you celebrate feasts together. Perhaps some of these ideas will become new traditions for you and your family for years to come! In this list you’ll find ways to teach your children about the feast. Understanding our faith, especially as a child, is also very important! But all these ideas aside, the most important way we can celebrate any feast is by attending Divine Liturgy!
As a parent, you are laying a foundation for your children that will potentially stay with them for the rest of their life. We see this very evidently in the Scriptures. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” If we examine the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, Jesus tells us “he who receives the seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” It should be our desire to cultivate a rich soil in the hearts of our children, lead them, and help them understand what is good and true, so it will stay with them all the days of their life.
So how do we cultivate a rich soil in their hearts? By bringing our children to Church, by praying together in our homes, by reading the Scriptures together, by reading the lives of the saints. Said most simply, by living liturgically. The Church offers us an tremendous gift in the Liturgical calendar. By following the liturgical calendar, each year we have a chance to add another layer of soil, which will hopefully produce very rich soil in time and allows our children to make deeper connections and greater understanding. This will take some intention, especially in our modern day and age. My hope is that this ideas will aid you in sharing more about our faith with your children in a way that is developmentally appropriate, allows for their exploration and participation in the feast, and hopefully brings joy to your home!