Christmas is a time for giving, although for kids it might feel a little bit more like a time for receiving, because it usually is. However, it doesn't have to be this way. It is important to teach children the importance of not being greedy, expecting too much, taking what they have for granted, and most of all about the power of giving. There are a ton of ways out there to use Christmas as a way to teach children about giving, what it means to give, and the effect that giving can have on the people that they give to. In this article, we will discuss ten ways to use Christmas to teach kids about giving.
10 Donate Old Toys
A great way to teach your kids about giving this holiday season would be to have them donate their old toys. This is something that you can actually make a tradition out of. Give your child some boxes and have them go through their toys, anything that they no longer use should be cleaned and boxed up for donation as long as it is not broken. Not only does this help give toys to kids who are in need, but it also makes room for any new toys that your child might receive during the holidays.
9 Volunteer At A Soup Kitchen
Another fantastic way to teach children about giving during Christmas would be to have the whole family volunteer at a soup kitchen. By doing this you and your whole family could be doing the community a great service and helping to feed those who otherwise might not have been able to eat.
This can be a very humbling experience and teach your children to be grateful for the things that they have in life, while also shining a light on someone else's day. This is also something that your family can get into the habit of doing more often than just the holidays.
8 Donate To Charity
Leading up to Christmas we tend to see lots of people standing outside of stores ringing a bell and asking for donations. Christmas is a great time of year to make donations to charity. So the next time you see one of those people standing outside ringing their bell, gather up any change that you might have and let your child put the change inside of the bucket. Every little bit counts and your child will surely feel good knowing that they are helping others. This is always a great way to teach children about giving.
7 Sponsor Another Child
One of the best ways that you can teach your child about giving this Christmas is to sponsor another child. Sponsoring a child can feel very personal because oftentimes you get pictures of the child and sometimes you get to talk to them, so you know exactly who your donations are helping. This is something that you can use to teach your child not only about giving, but about being grateful for the life that they have, and how to be there for others. There are dozens of programs out there for this, so it won't be hard to find one that works for you.
6 Include Them In Gift Shopping
Christmas is the season of giving. As parents we usually do our Christmas shopping alone, not typically including our children in the shopping process. However, if you want to try to teach your child about giving, then you might want to bring them with to help shop for relatives.
Set a budget that you want to spend per person and let your child help pick out gifts for each person. This can be a great bonding experience and your child will take pride in knowing that they were able to help.
5 Bake For Neighbors
Everyone loves to bake during Christmas, you can use this as an opportunity to help teach your child about giving and also make a few people happy. Have your child help with baking the cookies, pies, and cakes, and this can be great bonding time. When everything is done, package them up in individual cookie tins and have your child hand them out to your neighbors. This will not only bring joy to your neighbors and teach your child about giving, but it's another thing you can make a tradition for your child to help with every year.
4 Hand Out Candy Canes
Candy canes have got to be the most beloved candy when it comes to Christmas, and they come in so many exciting new flavors. These candies also come in fairly big packs and sometimes for as little as just one dollar, making this next thing something that anyone could do. Go to your local grocery store and buy a couple of packs of candy canes, you can then have your child pass them out to people outside while wishing them a happy holiday. This is something that will bring joy to so many people, and your child will feel happy knowing that they helped make other people happy.
3 Shoveling For Neighbors
Typically with Christmas comes snow and with snow, comes shoveling. Shoveling can be hard for some people though, which usually leads to them paying other people to shovel for them.
The holidays are expensive enough though, so to take some of that burden off of your elderly neighbors, have your child volunteer to shovel their driveways and sidewalks for no charge. Your child might get upset at first that they aren't being paid for their labor, but in the end, they should realize that it was for a great cause.
2 Organize A Bake Sale
Bake sales are a fantastic way to raise money for charity and since Christmas seems to be the perfect time for donating to charity, this would be a great thing for you and your children to organize. Make sure to also include your child in the baking of the goods as well as the set up of everything. Post about your bake sale in local groups on your social media to help spread the word in hopes of raising and getting as much help as possible to make your bake sale a success.
1 Donate Your Old Coats
In most places, Christmas time can be really cold, and not everyone out there has access to a winter coat to keep them warm. So don't throw away those old winter coats just yet because someone out there could really use them. In order to use this to help teach your child about giving, have them help you gather up all of the old coats and either donate them or hand them out to homeless people. Seeing the looks on people's faces as you give them away to stay warm will surely make your child feel good.