One of the joys of Christmas is giving, but try telling that
to a 7 year old who is throwing the worst tantrum in the middle of a shop
because you won’t buy them the latest toy they want. Uh oh.
Christmas advertising is starting earlier and earlier (it
was mid October this year), all pushing us to buy more and setting an
expectation that you have to buy the best and biggest presents to show your
kids how much you love them. Santa even receives emails with such massive lists
he can’t even get to the bottom of them. Fortunately there are other ways you
can give and teach your kids the gift of giving.
The Gift of Time
Spending time with your kids, especially over the silly
season, is a wonderful way to create family memories and traditions. You could all donate some time and go to a nursing home or help the less fortunate
at a food shelter.
Instead of throwing out old toys or clothes that the kids
don’t like, why not create a present to send to refugee children, or even
better, create a shoebox and send it full of new presents for children that
won’t receive any gifts. It’s only one gift less for your children and can make
a truly memorable Christmas for many.
Give your kids responsibility for Christmas Day, like
cooking something for Christmas lunch. If cooking isn’t their thing, they could
set the table or put the decorations up. Show them Christmas Day is a team
effort and everyone can pitch in for a yum lunch!
Make your own Christmas cards or gifts to send to family and
friends. Chances are they will love the gifts even more because they are
home-made. Most importantly, create fun and a loving environment for your kids
so they can love Christmas and the gift of giving.
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