The holiday season is an excellent time to teach kids about the real meaning of giving -- not just picking out cool presents, but donating time and energy to worthwhile causes. Below are some ideas on how the whole family can get into the true holiday spirit. Not only will you be doing good deeds, you'll be spending some quality time together. So that you'll want to continue the giving spirit all year long.
A New Meaning for Thank-You Notes
• "I had already thought that my family needed to do something to share the real meaning of Thanksgiving -- telling and showing others how much you appreciate them and are thankful for them. So, we are writing thank-you notes to several people -- we've picked out about 15 -- to let them know what they mean to us. They aren't necessarily the people we all would think of first (not just the grandparents and best friends), but people like our choir teacher, lunchroom worker, pastor, some old family friends, and some distant relatives. I'm writing a short note at the top of each one and my girls are drawing pictures to go with them."
~ Parent Soup member CherylWrit
• "We've recently started a challenge in our junior high girls' Sunday school class. It's called Take Five and it simply reminds the girls to take five minutes out of their week and do something nice for somebody else, just for the sake of doing something nice, without looking for a payback. It's a great learning tool and we get lots of good stories the following weeks. It sparks interest and discussion, and teaches a great principle."
~ Parent Soup member DCarroccio
Spread Some Cheer at a Local Nursing Home
• "Volunteer you and a few family members to go and visit a nursing home. Decorate the nursing home resident's doors with wrapping paper, metallic paper, bows, ribbon, ornaments, etc. It will just take a few hours to brighten their doors and their holidays."
~ Parent Soup member toogirls