Christmas is a season for giving. After all, we have all been given the greatest gift, a Savior, Jesus Christ, who was born and died and rose again, so each of us could receive the gift of eternal life.
What better way to share in that love than to give from our hearts?
During this season, I like to find a way to give to a person who is is need. It just makes the whole holiday brighter; there's just something sweet about knowing one life you touch is a little better, happier, or warmer for you being in it. It also helps me to keep connected to the meaning for the season, instead of getting too caught up in all the frills and things that can get distracting.
This is such a nice video--just illustration and music.
My kids liked it. Hope yours do, too.
One way we've reached out to other children as a family is by sending out a box or two for Operation Christmas Child. They are sent out and distributed by an international charity that acts as Santa to boys and girls in third world countries.
The group is Christian-based and include a pamphlet about God's love with each box donated for each child. My kids had a good time thinking about what each child might like and then choosing them at the $1 store. The photos below are from boxes we sent out three years ago. Our project this year was a secret ;-)
What does Christmas mean to you? I'd love to hear your stories of love! Love doesn't have to involve buying things, but it is the thought and heart of the giver that counts.