Christmas Through The Eyes of a 3-4 year-old

Do you remember being three years old?  Most of us are fairly verbal at three so we may have some memories of Christmas at that age.  You may even remember Santa's lap at this age!  Its a magical time.  My youngest is three this year and we are having lots of fun talking and reading about Christmas miracles. At three years old, children know what Santa looks like, knows what presents are, and is very interested in both!  They will listen to and ask about Christmas stories such as "Elf on the Shelf" or Rudolph, and even the story of the birth of Jesus.  They will recognize baby Jesus in a manger! Children this age are a bit hazy on the details about the North Pole and where Santa is located, but they will ask questions.

At age four, the kids are all about Christmas stories.  They know the details about the story of Jesus's birth and can tell you about it. They believe in Santa and reindeer and your magical house elf.  They are deeply interested in the specifics, so you must be creative.  If you carry on the Santa tradition, its important to stay consistent. Four year olds will catch your mistakes.  They will be interested in the gifts and actively telling you what they want for Christmas.  This is an awesome time to teach them about giving to others.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  Remember, traditions are extremely important to children and create life long memories.  Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Post Written by Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT