I’m sure, as parents, you may have imagined what Christmas with your children might be like. Dreams of magic and selflessness and warm, caring moments… and sure, there are moments like this, but the harsh reality is that the world of today is a somewhat materialistic one. It’s not always simple to convey the spirit of Christmas… the concept that giving can be more rewarding than receiving. Especially to a child who has been flooded with adverts of the latest cool, superhero action toy they desperately want.
It can get a little disheartening when your child has a clear view of what Christmas brings… and it’s not exactly in line with the view you’d like them to have.
We’d all like our children to appreciate what they have and what they receive, but this may take a little more effort on our behalf. Education is often the key and the need to illustrate to a child, in an age-appropriate way, that some families aren’t as fortunate and some children don’t always get toys under the tree on Christmas morning. Show children how they can play their part in bringing joy to another person and how it can feel just as special as getting another present for themselves.
“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” –Dr Seuss.
Kerry Rosser has written a beautiful article listing a number of ways to teach children about the spirit of giving at Christmas. From wishing trees and handmade gifts to volunteering with charities. There is something for everyone to contribute – no matter what your own circumstances are – that will bring happiness and ignite the Christmas spirit in even the Scrooge-iest of us! Read the full article here.
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