With Christmas on its way, the dreaded questions start sweeping swiftly in from the kids “Why can’t we have a Christmas tree? Why can’t we get presents? Why can’t I give Christmas cards as well!
SubhanAllah, Christmas is a testing time for parents especially knowing that your child just want to have fun and just be a part of the festivities – what’s wrong with that! A little bit of Christmas tree, presents and festive greeting cards causes no harm right? These little gestures are a great test for us parents, do we give in just a little bit? It’s just so heart-breaking to see your kids upset. Unless you give an alternative, no matter how good your reasons, the kids will still have the feeling of missing out and being bored during the Christmas period.
With the month of Ramadan and fasting, it’s very difficult to have the energy and time to shop and be enthusiastic about the Eid celebrations never mind preparing for it! We all like to focus on our worship in the month of Ramadan and don’t really want to spend time decorating and shopping in these blessed days. Why not use the Christmas period and holidays to get ready for Eid Ul-Fitr?
Here are 5 fantastic tips to get prepared for our blessed Eid-ul-Fitr and at the same time having lots of fun with the kids insha’Allah. The main purpose is to make your child understand and feel how wonderful Eid is for them and that we have a great festival worth celebrating! It will get your kids super excited about their own special holiday and many months of “I can’t wait for Eid” feeling insha’Allah.
1.Start making your Eid cards!
No more regrets of “I wished had done more for Eid”. Use cards that you’ve been given from friends and get creative with your kids. Have lots of fun and chats about Eid. Don’t forget to use lots of sparkle, glitter and glue and make it special. Its great family time and a perfect opportunity to make beautiful personalised cards for loved ones this coming Eid!
2. Start preparing Eid Gift ideas!
As we won’t be exchanging any gifts this season, we can remind our kids that they will be getting gifts on Eid Insha’Allah. Ask your kids what presents they would like to receive and ask them to write up a wish list. This is a great way for them to realise that they won’t be missing out on presents, but will just be receiving them at different time…and will surely make them look forward to Eid Insha’Allah!
3. Arrange a story telling evening about the story of Easa (AS)!
Read up on the true story of Mary and the miracle of Jesus in Islam. Get prepared for a captivating and enchanting story time using the Qur’an and Hadith as your guide with lots of expression insha’Allah. This will be a truly memorable experience for your kids and a fantastic way to answer any niggling questions they have about Christmas.
4. Plan your 3 day “Eid” activities!
With time on your hands during holidays why not use this time to plan, prepare and book activities for you and your kids? It would be something wonderful to look forward to, don’t forget to get your kids involved!
5. Give Charity!
One of the beautiful qualities of Eid is that it is a month of giving. Get your kids to love their faith and instil the beauty of Islam in their little hearts forever. Encourage the act of good deeds, giving and rewards all year round insha’Allah.
These simple tips can transform our holiday blues with our little ones into great, productive and rewarding acts that can get us all super excited and motivated for our blessed Eid to come insha’ Allah. With all this preparation for Eid, your kids will love to talk about it with their friends. They will be proud of their Eid festival and their own identity as Muslims insha’Allah. As a parent myself, I can’t wait to get started with my children this holiday using all the tips above insha’Allah!