Christmas and the Holidays

9 11 2007

So it is coming closer to that time of year when we start looking at things to get our kids for Christmas. It is always a lot of fun to pick things out for them and then watch their eyes light up when they open it on Christmas morning.

This year is going to be a little different! Isaac is old enough to be showing signs of greed and want. He sits on the couch and looks through the Toys R Us Biggest toy guide magazine and shows me everything he “wants”. He has a list of things he wants us to buy him. Dave and I have a budget we stick to, so we know he will not be getting most of the things on his list.

What we want him to learn is that Christmas is about Jesus and His birth which then led to our salvation through the cross and his death. We want him to understand that we buy him gifts to remember the best gift that has ever been given….our Lord Jesus Christ.

So we have been trying to talk to Isaac about contentment, thankfulness and happiness with the toys he currently has and the ones he will receive as gifts. I just hope it is starting to sink in. We sometimes play this game while driving in the car…I ask ” will you be happy if you get a ______?”, then he responds with ” Yes, I will be happy” Sometimes he has a smile on his face….especially if I mention a Spiderman toy and sometimes he doesn’t look to excited, like when I mention a pair of socks. He is starting to “get it” a little bit. We want him thankful for whatever he receives, not just the things he wants the most.

For now, I am hiding the toy catalogs so they don’t keep taking root in his little heart with a greed and want.

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9 11 2007
realworldmartha

It is very hard in America to develop that so we are in abundance. We try to make sure every time the kids get a gift something they had (in good condition0 gets donated. We also participate in Operation Christmas Child. Adopting a family in need also really helps. As they get older and can particpate in mission trips it helps see the extremem poverty in other countries.
Many Blessings,
Debbie aka The Real World Martha

9 11 2007
ferrarohome

Thank you so much for those ideas! I really like the idea of giving something away.

It seems like I am in a up hill battle all the time.

Becky

10 11 2007
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[…] ferrarohome placed an observative post today on Christmas and the Holidays.Here’s a quick excerpt:So it is coming closer to that time of year when we start looking at things to get our kids for Christmas. It is always a lot of fun to pick things out for them and then watch their eyes light up when they open it on Christmas morning. … […]

13 11 2007
Annie

Becky – I need some good ideas for Justus… in wanting to find gifts that are not too electronic and noisy, and toys that aren’t so graphic and just yucky – we come up with very few options. And we only stick to three gifts for each child… so I want to make sure they are good ones. (Not to mention the fact that if we are heading overseas the problem of whether or not to buy toys that we may or may not take with us… :p )
So if you have any good ideas, you’ll have to give me some ideas, k? 🙂

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