I am trying to come up with ways my kids can think of others during this season, but also throughout the year.
1. This weekend we will be visiting a local store to find an angel tree. On this tree there are wish lists of kids who don't have anything for this holiday season. My kids will pick out the child to gift to, help choose the gifts that are on the list, wrap, and deliver.
2. Having my kids be involved in what to get people in our family is important as well. It takes the focus off of them and puts it on someone else. They will also help to wrap these gifts.
3. We have been reading a lot of scripture. We have an advent calendar like many do, but ours is filled with small prayers.
4. A daily Scripture reading about how Jesus came to earth, and why also helps us to focus on the reason for the season and not on what gifts we are getting. Find the printable here.
5. Working at a soup kitchen would be another option, however I think I will wait a year or 2 on that.
6. My kids have both been involved in the food drives within the community. They know why we are giving food, and they get to deliver it to their schools.
I would love to hear how you teach your children to give back. I am always looking for great ideas to help raise my kids to be the Christians God wants them to be.