“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
Just a little reminder to get signed up with a local charity, donation or adoption service in your area for the holidays.
The first few years of having kids my husband and I went way overboard on Christmas presents for them. I’ve realized in the last year or so that they have way too many toys and while we try to teach them to be giving and to be happy for the things they already have without wanting and wanting and wanting more, we struggle because they already have so much so why wouldn’t they be happy? This year we are changing things up a bit. They have picked 3 toys each from their rooms to donate to children in need. Luckily we didn’t have to force them to do this, they were more than happy to once they heard that there are lots of kids who don’t get presents for Christmas. They were devastated by the thought.
We’ve also decided to cut Christmas in half. By doing this it allows us to give more in other ways. My book club, The Pageturners, are adopting a family for Christmas and by cutting our family Christmas down I’m able to give more than I would have been any other year. We are going through a local church and charity service and have already talked with the mother of our adoptive family. I am here to encourage all of you to do what you can and give to those in need. If you aren’t able to give then go and serve at your local soup kitchen and take your kids with you! Let’s remember what Christmas is actually about and not what we’ve made it into.
Feel free to share about ways you have given in the past during the holidays? This is not about being boastful or prideful (this post is about our struggles in the past to give and how we are changing that now) this is about encouraging ourselves and others to give more this season. Would love to hear and would also be nice to get more ideas on how we can give of our money and time!
Here’s to giving a helping hand to our neighbors this Christmas!