Christmas Gifts—Parent Power

MindMake – Paul Henderson

Christmas in a hot climate doesn’t have a Christmas feel to it.

As much as I dislike the cold, there is something to be said for being wrapped up in a warm winter coat. Gloves, hats, scarves and thick socks, a hassle usually, become essential, joyful wear during Noel.

Night-lights, carols in the dark and mulled wine just add to the atmosphere. Even the risks of slippery snow shod sidewalks suddenly add to the fun.

In the sweltering heat of countries on the equator or in the southern hemisphere plastic Christmas trees, presents, preseason parties and barbecues still generate excitement and goodwill, but not quite the same pleasure. A northern winter-bound December brings poignancy to the lights, festivities and friendships of Christmas.

Yet one thing remains constant wherever we spend Christmas day. All things being equal, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins, somehow and to some degree head across the city (or country) to spend time together.

Meals and presents are certainly a large part of Christmas. But amid the celebrations stands a reminder. Family matters—and that for better or worse, it endures. Blood is thicker than water.

It’s hardly surprising then that family influences our outcomes in education.

It should be common sense. Read More