'Tis the Season for Giving
Christmastime is here! For many, it's truly the most wonderful time of the year. For others, though, it's a difficult season. As we place great emphasis on giving in the weeks ahead, may we keep a proper perspective on why we give, to whom we give, and the ways in which we give.
Especially for children, it's important that we teach them to have a biblical perspective on giving to others. Giving presents to children can be the perfect opportunity to teach about generosity and selflessness. While it's easy to get carried away with both gift giving and gift receiving, make sure your children have a healthy mindset when it comes to the amount of money spent on gifts and the number of presents given.
Here are three tips to consider when talking to your child about giving this Christmas season:
1. Keep the Spotlight on Jesus--In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, the spotlight of Christmas can so innocently and quickly be pointed toward Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Christmas trees, candy canes, and the list could go on. But, above all else, make sure your children know what Christmas is truly about--the birth of Christ. Whether it's attending Christmas programs at church or simply sitting down together to read the Nativity Story, shine the Christmas spotlight on Jesus.
2. Help Someone in Need--One of the best ways to teach your kids about giving this Christmas season is to meet the need(s) of someone around you. Whether it's providing assistance to someone you know personally, a food collection at your local church, or finding a service project opportunity to do together as a family, you'll not only bless the other person, but you and your children will be blessed in return as you model selflessness. Most importantly, do it because you truly want to help.
3. Share the Spirit of Saint Nicholas--If Santa Claus is a common name around your household, maybe it's time to tell the kids the real story about Santa's origin. Did you know that the generosity of Saint Nicholas became the basis for the modern Santa Claus? It's true! As one of the most beloved saints around the world, Saint Nicholas has been admired as the friend and protector of those in need. This year, introduce your children to the real story behind Santa and help them realize what gift giving and gift receiving is all about.
Above all, remember to be good stewards of your time, money, and talents this Christmas season. It's one of the most convenient times of the year to practice and model stewardship to your children and to those around you.