In the past my husband and I have spent enormous amounts of money on Christmas for our five wonderful children. As the years go by, we are spending less and less just because of the economy. That’s okay, though. Children need to understand the true meaning of Christmas. It’s really not about the getting, it’s about the giving. And the giving doesn’t have to be something tangible that costs money, but instead something intangible that only you can give.
“The gift of Christmas isn’t wrapped up in presents or parties. The gift of Christmas is Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father, the Son of God. As you follow Him, you put people first. You may spend less time in lines and more time serving others. You may spend less money on – and more time with – the people you love. You may lose yourself and you may find everything else that matters.” (LDS.org)
Giving something intangible includes doing things like:
- Spending time with family and friends
- Helping someone in need (i.e. pulling weeds for them, cleaning a room of their house, planting new flowers, etc.)
- Reading a book to a younger brother or sister
- Offering to do a chore for a brother or sister
- Just listening to a friend or family member who is having a hard time
- Going around your neighborhood singing Christmas carols
- A back massage for someone who works really hard for you (like your mom or dad)
- Teaching someone something new
I challenge everyone to give something intangible this year.
There are so many ideas…can you think of some?