Capturing the wonder of Christmas

This year, I bought myself a present.


I took pretty much all of the money I had left from my blogging account and purchased myself one of my favorite Christmas traditions from my time in Germany: a Kerzenpyramide.

Each eveving when I light the candles, the children sit, waiting in anticipation for the blades to begin to turn. The shadows dance on the ceiling and the figures of the nativity begin to make their trek around and around. Asa’s eyes fill with wonder and I begin to tell him the Christmas story.

He hears it in snippets. One night, it is about the little lambs, under the care of their faithful shepherds while they graze. Another night, it is the angels singing. They are his favorite because he is still young enough to love listening to his mother sing. Each night we add on or repeat small pieces of the story as his eyes fill with wonder and his heart with joy.

I am a story teller at heart. I love how simple objects and favorite stories can capture the imagination of a child and carry them with you on a little adventure. The Christmas season is filled with object lessons and traditions passed down from generation to generation. There are so many opportunities to share the stories of my childhood, tell them about family members they hardly know and to draw in lessons from our faith.

It gives continuity between past and present . . . and each year it challenges me. Because this is more how I want parenting to look all year, not just at Christmas. “Here a little, there a little,” stories shared by the wayside, teaching about life while simply living it.

Because this is where connections are made.

Merry Christmas!

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Neely (@Neelykins)

I love seeing the joy on small kids faces duirng this time of year. It truly is the wonder of christmas!

Roscommon Acres

Yes, it is!

Valerie Gray (@valmg)

Christmas is my favorite holiday of all, partially because I just love the joy and happiness in my children and spending time with them as a family.

Roscommon Acres

They make it truly a joyous occasion. And keep it from getting too hectic, at least for me. They are a continual reminder to slow down and enjoy what is happening right now.


What a neat keepsake and way to appreciate Christmas!

Adriana Martin

It is so nice to see Christmas through the eyes of our children, merry Christmas to you too may the lord bring you blessings and joy.

Roscommon Acresna

Merry Christmas! And yes, they help keep the focus on the joy and wonder of it all!

Roscommon Acres

Watching these was one of my favorite Christmas traditions while living in Germany. I’ve wanted one for such a long time. It was nice to finally decide to get one!

Our Family World

I believe that Christmas is for kids. I love seeing their happy faces every Christmas.

Tami (@ThisMomsDelight)

So many of us forget the wonder of Christmas. Such an inspiration to start my day!

Lisa Rios

Merry Christmas to you as well. It is always a joy to watch the happiness of our kids and it is great that you have purchased one of your favorite Christmas tradition to make it the best!

Elizabeth O

I love the visuals you described, as many children are visual learners and stories shared with visuals stay with us longer. I love storytelling and so do my children. It is a great way to bond and celebrate important events. Happy Holidays!


That’s what these are called?! I never knew that. My family has one that they light every year during the holidays.