How do we keep the magic of Christmas safe from greed and materialism with young children? I remember having such a difficult time last Christmas as my girls were finally old enough to want stuff. I did my best to keep them focused on what Christmas really meant and why we give presents. I learned that keeping it simple was best, and if there was one concept I wanted them to really understand it was that “Christmas is about giving, not getting.”
That phrase turned into our family motto last Christmas and it was wonderful. Whenever the kids asked for something, we’d all chant “Christmas is about giving, not getting!” while I secretly took note of what was really a special desire of their heart or just a passing whim.
We made a point of participating in a few programs to buy toys for needy families and I believe that really helped. And I took them to the dollar store and let them buy presents for family members. All season long, I tried to keep their focus on others, turning their interest from what they wanted to what they thought would bless others’ hearts.
This year I’ve got my work cut out for me. My oldest is 6 now and she’s already asking for way more than she ever did. I’m starting to say our Christmas motto again, over and over. I’ll be looking for lots of ways again this year to make Christmas about giving.
I made this printable real quick to help them start focusing their Christmas excitement on giving presents. It’s very simple and little ones can either write or draw their ideas. It’s just a small printable but I thought I’d share in case anyone else finds it useful. It took my girls awhile to get into it, but once they started, they had fun calling people and asking what they like and drawing pictures of what they wish they could get them.
And in case you’ve been wondering why it’s been so quiet around here at pk1homeschoolfun.com, I’ve been working hard on my Phonics Pirates cartoon. It’s so fun and I’m learning so much. I just can’t wait to get it out to everyone but I really want to do a great job on it. I have some giant printables and activity packs planned to go with it. Hopefully I will have it done by Christmas and that can be my gift to YOU! 🙂