Christmas is one of the most exciting and magical times of the year -- filled with nostalgia, special traditions and love. It's a season for giving that manifests in a myriad of ways -- from beautifully wrapped presents under the tree to the plethora of philanthropic efforts that help community members in need.
In the midst of the excitement and associated hustle and bustle, it can be easy to lose sight of the real meaning of, and reason for celebrating Christmas. Some adults have trouble keeping the focus of Christmas on a celebration of Jesus' birth, so it's not easy to fault children for getting wrapped up in the excitement and anticipation of treats, activities and, of course, that magical visit from Santa Claus.
You can help your children learn to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by incorporating some education along with all the sights, sounds, tastes and other wonders that come along with it. Setting aside time for evening Christmas stories, such as the Nativity Story, participating in church pageants, singing Christmas Carols or spending time helping those in need can all be wonderful avenues to create an impactful holiday that focuses on the true meaning of the Christmas season.
For many of us, December is a month that brings out many emotions and feelings. Feelings that come to the surface as we celebrate Christmas look back on growth and change in a year that's imminently coming to end and look forward to a new one with unknown surprises on the horizon. It' s an exciting time to adjust goals, hopes and dreams for the future.
Western New York Catholic Schools wishes everyone a most joyous holiday. We want each and every one of you to know how truly grateful we are for having you as a member of our community. This season is the perfect time to reflect and appreciate all the love that surrounds us in our lives. From everyone here at WNY Catholic Schools, we wish you a very merry Christmas.