Christmas can be a time of too much togetherness.  Whilst wrestling with the wrapping, tussling with the turkey, and resisting rising to the bait, your little one asks:

  1. Is Santa real?
  2. Was baby Jesus really the son of God? If he was, who was Joseph?
  3. Why do people who aren’t Christian celebrate Christmas?
  4. What would it be like to have Christmas everyday?
  5. Why do I have to pretend to like presents people give me when I don’t? Isn’t that lying?

We know it’s going to hard not to fob them off, but try these approaches:

  • That’s interesting. Why did you ask that?
  • What do you think?
  • Why do you think it might be that way?

Get the whole family involved in the discussion (remember the rule that everyone is entitled to their own opinion). It beats arguing about what to watch on TV.


To get away from the plastic toys, battery changing and dominance of devices at Christmas, try these three easy, creative and thoughtful options:

  • A copy of the books the older generation loved as children – for us it was Granny’s Nancy Drew mysteries – with a dedication at the front
  • Stained glass window biscuits. Use this simple recipe and decorate a tin.  Here the Oohs and Aahs from grandparents, godparents
  • For a creative family project try Miller Goodman’s beautiful building blocks, environmentally friendly they will bring out the inner Picasso in everyone

NEW YEAR (from Jason Buckley, the Philosophy Man):

Which in the following list best describes what life should be:A race to be wonA new land to be explored

A photo album to be filled

A conversation to be enjoyed

A game to be played

A test to be passed

A home to be made

A role to be acted

An inheritance to be passed on

And which best describes what life is. Are they different? If so, why? And is there anything that could make both answers the same?