Christmas time is just around the corner…and I have to say, it is one of my absolute favorite seasons! All the glitz and glimmer…the decorations…the get-togethers. I love it all! But one thing that sticks out most about this season is that it is to celebrate the fact that God came down from Heaven in the form of a baby to save the world. God. He sent His Son- His only Son. It is a beautiful thing when you meditate on it.
As my child grows older, I definitely want him to enjoy the magic of Santa Claus during the season- but I also want him to have a focus on Jesus. Our family has been blessed with so much and there are those out there in our community who aren’t as blessed. I plan on using Christmas time as a way to teach my child about how fortunate he is and how God calls us to help those in need.
Deuteronomy 16:17 says: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you. To me this says: give to those in need what you can- whether it is a small amount or a large amount- just give. All our blessings come from God and we are called to share those blessings with others. There are three ways that I think we can help our children serve their Lord by sharing their blessings and living out this bible verse during the Christmas Season.
I know a lot of communities have Angel Trees set up in different locations. To help our children understand what it means to give to others we can make the Angel Tree as much on “their level” as possible. What I mean by this is:
-Select children who are your children’s ages.
(This was they can relate to each child.)
-Have your children be the ones to pick out the gifts.
(This will help them take an active role.)
-As you’re shopping, have a dialogue about what you are doing
and why you are doing it. (This will help them to understand what
you’re trying to teach your child.)
Another way we can live out Deuteronomy 16:17 during the Christmas Season (and really at any time) is to donate to our local Food Bank. Again, this opens up a great opportunity to talk about how God has given us our daily needs, but we are called to help others who aren’t as fortunate.
Salvation Army Collections
I’m sure you’ve all seen the “Red Bell Ringers” outside of your local stores. This is such a simple way for us to be an example to our children- if they see us place money into those buckets, they will see us giving willingly to those in need. Exactly what God calls us to do in Deuteronomy 16:17. Better yet- have your child place the money into the bucket. This will give them ownership.
Another way that I plan on helping my child understand the true meaning of the season is by making a contribution to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This may be more specific to us and our church, but it is an offering taken up for the International Mission Board (IMB) that helps missionaries around the world spread the Good News. This is a great conversation starter on how there are millions of people around the world who have never heard the true Christmas Story- and by giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, we are helping people learn about Jesus.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering or are just curious to learn more about what they do, click the following link. Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
**IMP has in no way asked me to place this link on my blog- in fact, they have no idea who I am. I am in no way benefiting from this link. I just added it in case you would like more information.
How do you plan on showing your children that Jesus is the reason for the season? What other ideas do you have? Comment below!