It’s almost Christmas! It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season and become selfish during the holidays. Our kids are focused on presents and we, as adults, are focused on getting our to-do list finished.
We think it’s important to plan some activities that help our families focus on loving and serving our community, so we’re talking about how not to be a selfish pig during the holidays!
We have a few ideas and traditions to share to help you focus on giving and serving this Christmas.
Micah says his kids love going to Dollar Tree to buy gifts for each other. The gifts are small, but they learn a lot from it and look forward to it each year.
We mention several organizations that you can help with your money or your time. Some have “gift catalogs” that allow you to choose gifts like chickens, sewing machines, and bicycles that can change the lives of needy families in poor countries. Shawn’s family has enjoyed providing a few gifts for children in an orphanage where a young woman from our church is serving. If money is tight, many ministries have opportunities for you to serve with your time.
Mark suggests visiting the elderly during the holidays, either in the nursing home or at their homes. You can visit people you know individually, or schedule a group outing to sing Christmas carols. Many older people are unable to travel to church and find great joy in singing carols with kids. They love the chance to tell stories to people. Mark tells a story about his friend Hilda that used to be a surgical nurse for Billy Graham’s father-in-law. She loves to tell people about it.
Our home groups usually go Christmas caroling in different places each year. Some go to nursing homes and some carol around their neighborhoods. Not only is this a way to bring joy to other people, it can also be a good evangelistic opportunity as well.
You don’t have to do all of these things to get rid of selfish attitudes in your home. We encourage you to add a couple of new traditions to spend time focusing on loving and serving people in your community this year!
And, as always, we’d love to hear some of your ideas! How do you fight selfish attitudes and help your family to focus on giving during the holidays?
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