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How do you make your children understand that Christmas is about more than presents?

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mmjossey

Asked by mmjossey at 3:12 PM on Dec. 10, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Read to them The Christmas Story in the Bible (Luke 2:1-20)
    livewell4me

    Answer by livewell4me at 3:45 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • Don't give them 500 presents and huge gifts. More importantly, teach them to give as well. When they get their presents, have them choose a lot of old toys to donate to kids in need. OR before Christmas gets here, have them go to the store to pick out a gift to give to toys for tots. Tell them to pick out a toy they would really like to have so they can give it to a child who that may be their only christmas present this year.
    MamaCatCat

    Answer by MamaCatCat at 3:46 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • Teaching them the REAL meaning of Christmas can't hurt, either. That it's Jesus' birthday. I know a family who gets a cake and they write Happy Birthday Jesus on it and have a birthday party for Jesus. One time, somebody asked that little girl "Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?" and she said "No, but it's okay. It wasn't MY birthday!"
    I thought that was pretty huge, so we're doing that this year with my daughter.
    MamaCatCat

    Answer by MamaCatCat at 3:48 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • We started taking our children shopping for the soup kitchen in our area and they by gifts from a giving tree. We give them $10.00 each to buy food and they have to see how many items they can get. They each shop and check out on their own. Then we bring the food to the soup kitchen.

    We also have them get a gift. They have to spend their own money on this and the limit is $10.00. They get to choose which organization they are going to buy for and what they are going to get.

    Lastly, we have them make cards for the soldiers. When their uncle was in Iraq they sent him and his friends little things.

    I think if you talk to them about the meaning of Christmas and explain that there is more to it then just presents they will start to understand.

    Good Luck
    cornflakegirl3

    Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 3:52 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • the boys and girls club in your area should have a program that the kids can help put together food boxes and presents for needy families. that was one of the best Christmas memories i have growing up.....We delivered the boxes on Christmas eve dressed as elf's and those families were so happy. I dont even remeber what i got that christmas but it was the best one i had ever had.

    kharmasmom

    Answer by kharmasmom at 4:38 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • We take our kids to the Angel Party. My kids buy presents for other kids and then serve refreshments at the party so they see how excited other children are receiving these gifts. We also do the "Auntie Clause". This is where we take our toys that are taking up too much room and we don't need to the Salvation Army. It helps clear out toys, but they also know their toys are going to a good family. We also bake and donate cookies to the retirement center. The elderly there really appreciate the time we spend there. Most importantly is that we REALLY downplay the gifts. We explain that we give gifts because Jesus was OUR biggest gift. The best gift we have is time with each other... doing all the above things. My kids are only 4 and 7, but they look forward to these things.
    GNMom88

    Answer by GNMom88 at 4:54 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • We have a birthday cake [or danish...] on Christmas am and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus
    pilgrimmom

    Answer by pilgrimmom at 5:21 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • my son is too small to understand but i plan to teach him about the meaning and the story of jesus birth. and its the time to give and share faith and love. i dont want him to be greedy.
    momavanessa

    Answer by momavanessa at 6:27 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

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