Having a plan for your Christmas shopping has become crucial with such busy lives. Many of us make lists to help us organize the holidays. This is a sampling from Organized Christmas:
- Holiday Budget
- Card List
- Gift List
- Stocking Stuffers
What do the kids want for Christmas?
When my children were young, I would give them each this shopping list. They were to think about what they wanted and add items for their list. This list would sit in front of their stockings on the hearth. Special attention would be paid during the holidays when watching commercials so that they knew the correct name of toys to add to their list. It was always fun to see our children open their gifts when they got something they REALLY wanted.
What do the kids want to give for Christmas?
One year when I was passing out the lists, my oldest daughter asked if she could have 2 papers. She wanted an extra one for her giving list. Soon they all wanted 2 sheets. We were only teaching our children the joy of getting not the joy of giving. They enjoyed figuring out what to give. They would go in together on some things. I would help them with shopping or making of gifts. They loved being part of the giving.
If your children are still only experiencing the joy of getting, I encourage you to allow them the joy of giving also.
Truly, "it is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)
Which ways do you encourage your children to give?