9 Family-Friendly Christmas Gifts
By Rose Godfrey
Christmas Coloring Pictures
As the Christmas season approaches, parents often
struggle to find just the right gifts for their children. This year, make
the Christmas season more meaningful and memorable by giving these 9
special gifts to your children. Best of all, you won’t spend a fortune,
and you won’t wait in line.
year, resolve to keep Christ at the center of Christmas. Put together a
nativity scene, attend a Christmas Eve service, or read the Christmas
story found in the Gospel of Luke. Choose decorations, gift wrap, and
accessories that depict the birth of the Christ child.
Honor—The Bible reminds us of
our responsibility to honor God and to honor our parents. Make a
commitment to demonstrate honor to your children this holiday season and
throughout the coming year.
children become more responsible by holding them accountable for their
actions. Set clear, realistic boundaries and stick to them.
children know that this year, they are on their own. Give them a monetary
limit, or even better, have them use their own money for gifts. Allow your
children to budget, plan, and purchase all the gifts on their lists.
abound at Christmas time. Call your church or service organization to
learn about opportunities. Consider donating time to a soup kitchen or
food bank, bringing gifts to hospitalized children, baking pies for the
Rescue Mission, or sending cards to shut-ins. Give your best to others and
involve your children in your efforts.
Time—Ever feel like the
meaning of Christmas gets lost in all the rush? Set aside time for your
kids. Listen to what each child has to say. Spend time together baking
cookies or crafting Christmas gifts for others. Let your children pick the
activity, follow their lead, and don’t worry too much about the finished
product. It is the process, not the product, that counts. Consider giving
your children gift certificates for uninterrupted time—and then honor
Music--Pack a thermos of hot
chocolate or cider and go caroling. Gather the family by the piano for a
Christmas songfest. Invite the neighborhood over for karaoke night. Make a
Adventure—Tired of paying
tree lot prices for a Christmas tree? Pack a lunch and head for the hills,
and chop your own. Take the day. Discuss the merits of each tree you find
until you find the one tree that is perfect. No place to cut a tree in
your neck of the woods? Head out in search of the perfect Christmas
tumbleweed or take a day trip and explore a place you’ve never been.
Remember the wonder of childhood and experience life through their eyes
for the day.
Sentiment—Find a quiet spot
and spend a few moments writing a card, letter or poem to everyone in your
family. Tell each person how much you treasure them, how much they mean to
you. Remind them that you pray for them daily, that you love them, and
that you thank God for them.
Rose Godfrey is a freelance writer. She lives in California with her
husband and their 8 great kids.