Do you want to encourage generosity in your children this Christmas? Parenting is tough year-round, but Christmas, as lovely as it is, can unintentionally breed greed and entitlement in young children. However, it’s also the perfect time to teach children important lessons about empathy, generosity, and kindness.
This article gives some inspiring and helpful suggestions to help you encourage generosity in your children this Christmas season. (Make sure to scroll down for $500 giveaway).
How to Encourage Generosity in Your Children this Christmas
Before the Christmas tree goes up my children go into full-on “wanting” mode.
I remember those exciting times as a kid… anticipating that special day of the year when you get gifts from others simply because you’re loved.
Yet I worry.
I fear that greed and entitlement will overcome my children. As their Christmas lists, grow, so does my concern that greed will overcome them.
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IT ALL STARTS WITH A LIST
First of all, why not start the season with an attitude of generosity? Instead of encouraging your child to write a Christmas wish list, get them to write a Christmas giving list. Have them write out the ways they would like to help others this year. A few prompts for this list could be:
- I would like to help…
- I would like to donate…
- I would like to invite…
- I would like to send a Christmas card to…
- I would like to make…
- I would like to give…
HAVE A MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
In addition, generosity can be practiced daily throughout the Christmas season.
Write 24 special activities and acts of kindness on pieces of paper. Do one activity every day leading up to Christmas.
Our meaningful Christmas countdown is a beloved tradition.
Perhaps you can investigate volunteer opportunities that your children can participate in over the Christmas season? Here are some possible volunteer activities you can do with your children:
- sing carols at a senior’s home
- clean kennels at an animal shelter
- help deliver meals to seniors who are confined to their homes
- shovel neighbours’ sidewalks
It’s always a good idea to call organizations in advance to see if help is needed. Some places have age restrictions or may be booking volunteer opportunities far in advance.
What I love about volunteerism, is it teaches children that generosity isn’t just about giving money, people can be generous with their time.
PURCHASE AND DONATE TOYS
Furthermore, give your children a budget and have them select toys to donate to children in need.
Our children have save / give / spend jars that they use to store their money. They use their own money to purchase and donate toys. Using their own money has a lot more meaning then simply buying it for them to donate.
COLLECT FOOD FOR THE FOOD BANK
The food bank is always in need of donations. Encourage your children to collect food from family and friends. After they’ve filled a box, they can donate it to the food bank. This article highlights how to make the most of your food bank donations.
You could even plan a reverse advent calendar! The way this works is you start with an empty basket and for every day in December leading up to Christmas, have your children add an item to the basket. Encourage them to use some of their allowance to purchase items for the basket.
BUY A CHICKEN, A WELL, OR A PIG…
Every year, my children and I gather around the World Vision catalog and we select a gift for a community in need. From livestock to medicines, and clean water to education, there are plenty of gifts to send to a community in need.
USE THEIR CREATIVITY FOR GOOD
Get out the construction paper and crayons! Have your children make Christmas cards for people who are in the hospital for Christmas or for seniors in a care facility.
Last of all, try asking your children how they would like to be more generous this Christmas season! You might be surprised by all the wonderful ideas they come up with!
It’s never too late to encourage generosity in your children. Whether they donate time, goods, or money, there’s always some way to help those in need.
A GENEROUS CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS GIVEAWAY
Can you believe that this is the last Christmas in this decade?! Where has the time gone? I have teamed up with some pretty generous bloggers for the 6th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway with the hopes of making this a Christmas to remember for TWO families as we close out this decade.
While we wish we could bless many more families, we were able to come up with a big prize for TWO families – $500 each (delivered via Paypal) – that we pray will make a big difference in their lives this Christmas season – whether it’s to fulfill their kids’ Christmas wishes, pay off some bills, or to help build some savings, our prayer is that it helps to lessen any financial burden and/or fills a specific need.
There are lots of entry options in the Rafflecopter form below – the more you enter, the better your chance of winning! I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $500 worth it? I think it is! Plus, all of these amazing bloggers donated their own money toward the cash prizes, so this giveaway wouldn’t be possible without them. I hope you’ll take the time to check out each one. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.
The giveaway will run from Monday, November 18th through Wednesday, November 27th (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. You must have a Paypal account to win. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Rafflecopter terms and conditions upon entering.