This year, instead of the usual chocolate advent calendar, my children are counting down to Christmas with acts of kindness. Why? Because Christmas is about our Savior first and foremost. It’s so much more than presents, so much more than toys. I want our children to really understand this. To be selfless. And to fall deeply in love with Jesus as they learn to reflect His heart.
Here are some of the principles we’re trying to teach our children throughout our advent countdown:
1. Giving doesn’t always have to break the bank. It’s important to give sacrificially. But it’s also important to learn selflessness as a lifestyle. There are many intangible things we can give to others.
One day, for example, the girls carefully brushed their teeth until they sparkled. Then they shared their very best smiles with the world. Something as simple as a smile truly is a gift. Mother Teresa once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
It’s so important not to overlook the little things. Anyone can give a smile away.
2. Giving starts at home. The girls’ very first act of kindness was to make a jar filled with reasons why they love Daddy. It ended up being absolutely hilarious. And Daddy was thrilled!
Who in your home can you give to today?
3. Add a personal touch. Homemade Christmas cards, notes, pictures, cookies – all of these are sweet ways to express love!
4. Use your child’s interests as a launching point. What is on your child’s heart? This question heavily influenced our kindness list.
5. It starts with Jesus. Giving doesn’t always have take a lot of extra effort. It doesn’t always have take a lot of extra time. It just takes Jesus filling our hearts with His love. Because as He pours love into us, it always spills out into the world.
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