on teaching the JOY of giving

January 3, 2014 in Blog, Christmas, Family, Kids by lindsaymwright

One of the things that Travis and I want to teach our children is how to GIVE with a merry heart.  If we’re not on top of it, the sentiment at Christmas time can quickly turn into, “What am I getting??” and while we want our kids to have fun celebrating Jesus’ birthday by receiving presents, we want the emphasis to be on how enjoyable it can be to GIVE a present as well.  I know that I personally receive a huge blessing when I’m able to give – it turns the focus off of us while at the same time making us reflect inward at our desires to bring joy to others.  We derive the same feeling when we give of our time, our tithes, our abilities – to bless and BE blessed!

Bottom line – giving is super fun!


As you’ll see below, we gave the kids $10 a piece and divided up in search of the perfect gift for the other sibling.  It was easy for them to get caught up in toys that they personally would enjoy but I think we did a good job of diverting the attention back to the other sibling.  I suppose we’ll have to up the giving limit next year as Baby Porter will need a gift but this will be a new Christmas tradition for sure!  I know I got a kick out of the entire process!

QUESTION:  Do you enjoy giving just as much as receiving??  What’s the best gift that you ever GAVE someone??  <-I give Travis the pleasure of being married to me on a daily basis.  Phenomenal gift. Winking smile