As Christmas rolls around this year, we have
another great opportunity to instill in our children the joy of giving. We
lead such busy lives that often we donít find enough time in the year to
TEACH our children to be compassionate. Do not let this Christmas go by
without taking advantage of this great teaching opportunity.
You can help mold the character of your children to become warm and
loving human beings. If you take the time to develop these qualities in your
children, you will see the results not only in the service they give to
other people, but in the relationship that you have with them in the years
There are many things that you can do this season. Here are some
*Visit a homeless shelter, bringing gifts and treats. This is
especially effective for family shelters with children.
*Participate in gathering supplies for a food bank.
*Render services at a food bank meal.
*Choose a family in your community that is going through a difficult
time, and send or bring wishes and treats.
*Talk with your children about presents that you are giving to other
family members. Let them be part of the decision marking.
*Visit a convalescent home in your area. Many elderly people love to
see well behaved, polite children. Those that donít wonít come out of their
*Have your children look through their clothing and toys, and pick
some to donate to the needy.
*Choose one family, and be a "Secret Santa" to them for a week.
Leave anonymous presents on their doorstep. Children love this game of
trying to leave the present, ring the doorbell, and then get away without