When most kids hear the word “Christmas”, the first thing that comes to mind are presents. Sure, one of the most exciting things about the holidays are giving and receiving gifts, but that’s not all there is to it. It’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, that’s why as parents, it’s out job to teach our children about it’s real importance.
Here are some ways to make Christmas more meaningful for kids:
Get the kids involved in Christmas shopping
It’s important for children to know that giving is as important as receiving.
That’s why involving them in holiday gift shopping is a great idea! This will help take the focus off of them and instead learn the value of giving and making someone else happy, particularly those that are important in their life.
Plus, kids love being part of something. They can suggest cool gift ideas for the entire family and can even help with wrapping the presents!
Teach them the importance of giving back
Speaking of giving, the holidays is the perfect time for the little ones to learn about the art of giving back. As a family, get involved with a local fundraiser or a charity, or simply donate things you don’t need to the less fortunate.
This allows children to see the struggles of others, and that they can make a big difference in their own little ways, therefore igniting the Christmas spirit within them.
Encourage making handmade gifts
Another important thing for the little ones to learn is “it’s the thought that counts”. They don’t need to give or receive expensive gifts for them to be meaningful. To teach this, encourage them to make handmade gifts for friends and family. It could be a simple card, drawing or DIY project that’s more personal and meaningful than any expensive store-bought gift.
Focus on other fun holiday activities
Kids should learn that Christmas is very special and there’s a lot more to look forward to other than presents. Sit down your kids and talk about what other things they love about the holidays. Let them know yours, too – whether it’s enjoying your favorite warm drink by the fireplace, baking cookies, playing in the snow or watching festive movies, there’s a lot of other fun things to do around Christmas time!
Start a new fun family tradition
One way to make the festive season more meaningful to kids is to have traditions unique to your family. Talk to them about starting a new one, one that would get them excited every year, but also realistic. It could be as simple as driving around as a family admiring the neighborhood’s holiday lights and decor or posing for a photo around the Christmas tree in matching pajamas.
You could also do a “good deed day” where one has to do a good deed for family, relatives or friends.
Show kids the true meaning of the holidays – follow these easy ways to make Christmas more meaningful for kids!