4 Ways You Can Teach Your Child the True Meaning of Christmas and the Spirit of Giving

The true meaning of the Christmas season is hard to distinguish sometimes with all the hustle and bustle of all the commercialized glitter and lights. Unfortunately for some people, they can’t seem to see beyond all the glitter and lights and acknowledge WHY we celebrate on this day.

And for most children, of course all that’s on their minds is what they are going to find under the tree on the morning of the most important day of the year. At least, it SHOULD be the most important.

Luke 2:9-14

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Wouldn’t you like your children to experience the Christmas season as it should be? Do they know why we celebrate? Would you like your child to have the true spirit of giving?

Below are 4 ways you can teach your kids the true meaning of Christmas with a spirit of giving, rather than receiving.

1. One year I bought a birthday card for a brother and placed it on the tree. Jesus is our brother, and I felt good when I hung that card on the tree. It put a big smile on my face and a warm glow in my heart. Have your child make a homemade birthday card, (or you can purchase one) to hang on the tree.

2. Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas day involving the whole family. By doing this, it will show your children that the birth of Jesus is the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

3. Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Find out how you can serve food and also offer any support you can, such as a warm blanket, a smile, or hug. Involve your whole family and your children will be able to see that there are several people in this world that are not as fortunate as they are, with a home, a family, and the basic essentials of daily life.

4. Find out how you and your family can donate a special gift for a needy child. These children are from low-income families, or are just sick, neglected, and abused. The gifts can be a toy, a clothing item, a book, or even a simple Christmas ornament. A gift can also be something homemade. Perhaps make that special gift a family project. By doing so, it will make the experience of giving much more meaningful.

These are just a small handful of ways you can teach your little ones why we gather with family to celebrate Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! :)

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