Keeping things under control at Christmas

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Keeping things under control at Christmas

When is enough, enough? Ah, the age old question in a world of abundance. How can we show our children how to be content and grateful for what they are given and remind them of the reason for this season? Here are a few suggestions that have worked for our family:

  1. As you plan your Christmas shopping, set a budget for each child.
  2. In order to make room for the new gifts, have them choose an equal amount of items that are in good condition to give to a charity.
  3. Make sure that you model an attitude of cheerful giving rather than lament the work and money involved to bless others.
  4. In order to let them experience the joy and responsibility of gift giving, have them do chores to earn enough money for a small but thoughtful gift for each member of their family.
  5. Spend time each evening talking about the way God has blessed you and culminate the season with several nights of emphasis on God’s greatest gift, Jesus.
  6. Use this time of year to teach and model to your children the joy of giving to others through opportunities to serve in your church and your community.
  7. Keep the spirit of Christmas going by using these service opportunities as a spring board for what your family might do the rest of the year to help others.
  8. When it comes to having a Christ-filled Christmas, lead with your grateful, generous, humble and others oriented attitude.

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