Two Saturdays ago I decided Luke and I would take a little trip to town. We put on all our “elf” attire, grabbed all the Christmas cards and headed out.
After mailing our cards, we went to Walmart where they had a Salvation Army Angel Tree set up. I wanted Luke to understand a little more about the giving part of Christmas. He’s got the “getting” part down pat but I wanted him to truly think about someone less fortunate.
I let him pick out an “angel” and he picked a boy his own age. Then we went shopping! We got him some things to wear and some things to play with and some candy. He really got into the swing of this and I was very proud of him.
We ran into some folks from church and they took these next shots for us.
Here we are at the checkout.
Luke was waiting on the lady to bag so he could put the bags into our cart. He liked doing this.
Now we’re bagged up and ready to go.
I told him we were loading the sleigh here so he leaned over for me to get a picture of him with all our purchases.
You can see the boxes he picked out for us to put some things in and there is a bright red pillow with a blanket that we thought “our boy” would enjoy.
We waited awhile when we got home. I didn’t want him rushing thru this and it being a chore. So he played the rest of the morning and that afternoon we went to work. He wrote out all the name tags and then he put one on each gift. We made this a big deal because we couldn’t stack our gifts with bows on them so we used very special name tags. They were all different shapes (santas, reindeer, etc.) and Luke had to run a string thru each one and tape them on just right.
We also taped pencils on some of the bags and put candy canes inside lots of the gifts. He really, really wanted one of those candy canes but since this was about giving and not getting he did not ask:)
We talked a lot about how this child would be getting only what we gave and how he, Luke, would be getting so much more. We then bagged it all up in a huge bag and he and his daddy dropped it back at Walmart on their way to church the next morning.
I pray this will be something that makes an impression on him in years to come. I want him to be thoughtful and that’s not always something that comes natural to children (even adults:). We are just naturally selfish I think. That seems to be what I fight in myself daily ~ wanting to do things my way, in my time.
If we can begin to instill in them ways to be considerate, kind, loving and unselfish we are teaching them the ways of Jesus. They will understand in concrete ways what the bible is talking about and they will also begin to understand how blessed they are and how they can be a blessing to others.
This is the season they become more selfish instead of less. They get gifts everywhere they go and sometimes are even unthankful or rude because of it. I told my children when they were little….”I don’t care if somebody gives you a biscuit, you thank them and act like it’s the best biscuit you have ever recieved!”.
I hear it being called “entitlement” now. They think they are entitled to EVERYthing. I call it selfish and I want them to learn the world does NOT revolve around them. That they need to give and love and by doing that they will be blessed beyond measure with a life pleasing to God and one they will be much more content in.
Hope your holidays are merry and meaningful.
Talk to ya later:)
Posted on December 13th 2010 in Uncategorized