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The holiday season can seem overwhelming at times. The kids are home for winter break, relatives are in town, and the shopping demand is high. Rather than give your kids a break from the chore routine you have tried so hard to implement, teach your kids the meaning of giving by helping them help others this holiday season.
Here are some ways to get your kids even more excited about generosity and gratitude this holiday season:
1. Bake and deliver delicious desserts to a nursing home.
Help your kids bake a tray of homemade goodies to give to a local nursing home. Even young children can assist with setting out, adding, and stirring ingredients. A hard-earned Christmas cookie or brownie also makes a yummy reward!
2. Help your kids organize their closets.
Have your kids learn the importance of giving and create room for new gifts by assisting them with organizing their closets and drawers. Are there any clothes or shoes that no longer fit your kids? Any toys they outgrew? Spread the joy of the holidays by donating them to a charity drive.
3. Have your kids create holiday inspired crafts or cards.
Take advantage of your kids’ love of Christmas gifts by having them create their own meaningful presents to give to friends and family. A handmade picture or handwritten note will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face this holiday season and help your children gain a greater appreciation of presents they receive.
4. Adopt a family.
Put your kids’ lists to Santa in use for others. Adopting a family is a great way to demonstrate to your children the importance of helping children whose families can’t afford to celebrate the holidays. Take your kids to help pick out gifts and clothes for the family in need. Check out the Salvation Army website to find out how you can adopt a family in your area.
5. Have your kids choose a cause.
Involve your children in directly choosing a charity to donate gifts. If they choose the charity, they will feel more connected to the mission and accomplishment.