Teach your children the true meaning of Christmas!   4 comments

I know time is short and Christmas is almost here…. but it’s not to late to have a discussion about the TRUE meaning of Christmas with the kids of all ages in your home. It’s really not about the fancy gifts that we give and receive. It’s not about the latest toy that has been plastered on every TV screen out there. It’s not even about the tree or the meal that you will share….It’s about giving back! I have been pondering how to present this information for a few days when I came across a Parent.com article on just this very subject. It takes you through a variety of ideas that viewers wrote in about. Some of the most memorable to me were helping serve in a local soup kitchen and mailing treats to the armed forces. Whatever you decide to do this holiday season to celebrate Christmas, please consider adding a meaningful conversation about giving back. This is especially important with young children who are bombarded with all the images of STUFF! Please help them get outside themselves! They will thank you when they are big enough to know how and why it really matters to do so!

This Christmas is different for many as the economy has not been very kind in 2010. I feel your pain…believe me. That is why our family has decided to scale back this year. We are limiting gifts and focusing on what really matters…. Jesus’ Birthday and giving back. With that in mind we joined with another family and decided to “adopt” a young 14 year old girl and her mother. We collectively made them our focus this year. It was very heartwarming to see the recipient of our gifts open them and cry as she knew that they came from a true place of giving. She would have otherwise had NO Christmas! I am moved even now thinking about her face and what those meager gifts meant to her. No doubt she and her mother felt the true meaning of Christmas. It is about selflessness and generosity. It is about love and sharing. It is a about Jesus.

I recommend that each of you search your hearts and find a way to be a blessing to someone out there who would not otherwise have a Christmas… maybe a soup kitchen, a home for the elderly or a shut-in neighbor. Each of us have the ability to affect someone’s life in a positive way…no matter how small or inexpensive. You never know what it will mean to someone! The double benefit will be that the children in your life will see generousity in action and truly know the meaning of Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the peace of Christmas stay in your heart all year long.

Here’s the link to the article I have referenced.

http://www.parents.com/holiday/christmas/gifts/holiday-craft-projects-give-back/

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Posted December 22, 2010 by dsgnmom in Uncategorized

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4 responses to “Teach your children the true meaning of Christmas!

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  1. Wow Janiece, we are on the same wavelength! I’ve been writing about some of the very same things on Facebook! Instead of the usual shopping frenzy we, as a family, are donating the money we would have spent on each other to a needy country to buy a goat and part of a well. I’ll try to share more later.
    God bless!
    Dayna

  2. we love your blog! love jonathan, heather, johnny, and joyce

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