Christmas is a time of year that children get excited to receive presents. The idea of waking up on Christmas morning and seeing presents under the tree is so thrilling. I remember those days! As the years have pressed on, I feel the need to show my children the opportunity of giving. I call it an opportunity because it comes with such a reward and privilege. I want my children to experience the sensation of joy when they help others. I’ve come with 3 ways to show our children how to be generous.
During this season there are many ways to be generous. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen…you can sponsor a family and buy gifts for them…you can do those shoebox donations and ship them off to countries in need. These are all great ideas!
Here are 3 ideas our family does:
1.) We buy a gift for a child their age and gender and have them choose it. At our church we have an angel tree and it has gift tags on it. You choose a tag and it will have a gender and age on it. You then go and buy a gift for that child, wrap it and then bring it back under the tree. I have my children do this because I want them to relate to this offering. I want them to realize that children their age are suffering and without gifts or food or proper shelter.
2.) Every year we open our house (year round) to friends and family. We get our house tidied and clean, we buy a whole lot of refreshments and food and we invite over our neighbours, our family and close friends. We believe showing hospitality is a way to show generosity. Our children get involved and help us with cleaning, the shopping and the hosting. They take people’s jackets, pour drinks and pass around food. It’s usually a great fun-filled time.
3.) Doing random acts of kindness. This one I need to work on more but it is something I have demonstrated to my children. Buying a coffee for the person behind you (in the drive-thru) at Starbucks. Buying a bag of chips or a chocolate bar for the homeless man outside the liquor or grocery store. Shovelling the walkway for your elderly neighbour who cannot do it. These are all examples of ways our family has shown generosity and kindness.
Displaying generosity in front of our children is so important. We hope they will continue to be generous in their lives with their children. What are ways your family shows generosity?