Focus on the giving!

We can get so caught up in all the events, the concerts, the parties, the shopping, the baking, the decorating. You get the idea. It is so easy to forget what the season is all about.

The first Christmas God gave the most loving, gracious, and merciful gift to all of us. This Christmas, help your children to focus on the gifts they are giving others.  Try to build excitement for what they give to or do for others. Help them to think of what they can give to each person in their lives. Gifts don’t have to be large, expensive, or even material at all. Offers to lend a hand are gifts. So are words of encouragement. Letting a friend know they are appreciated and cared for is a gift.

Yes, there are material gifts as well. Help your children develop enthusiasm for giving out those material gifts they have either made or purchased for others. Each family has different gift traditions. Here’s an idea that might fit in with your traditions: instead of looking for their own presents try something new this year. Have them find a gift to pass out to someone else. Help them to wait until their gifts are given to them instead of them going to get theirs.

Help your children learn by experience that it truly is better to give than to receive!