2. Teach Your Kids About St. Nicholas
Santa Claus is also known as St. Nick. St. Nicholas was actually a real Saint who was known for being kind, helping those in need, & for his love for children. You can find more about St. Nicholas & additional resources here. St. Nicholas often left things for those in need, without wanting any rewards or publicity. He often left bread for families in need, on their door steps, while they were asleep. This is how the tradition started of children leaving out their shoes on the night of December 5th, in hopes that St. Nicholas would stop by & fill their shoes with treats. Courtney wrote a post about celebrating The Feast of St. Nicholas with some great ideas to do with your family, including establishing the “filling the shoes” tradition with her own kids.
3. Read Holiday Stories that Encourage A Giving Spirit
Here are some great books & videos that teach about St. Nick & encourage giving in the holiday season to have in your own family library during the holiday season:
4. Take Time Amidst Holiday Chaos to Say Grace
and Discuss Blessings & Kindness during Meal Times
The holiday season is busy with parties, events, shopping, & so much more. But try to take time each day to take a break from the chaos and say thanks & share gratitude for your daily lives. This often happens at dinner time for our house. We sit down, say our blessing, & as we talk about our days, we try to highlight with our kids some of the things that they are grateful for.
I love the items in the shop, Grace Settings (Website: http://www.gracesettings.com/), that encourage your kids to say grace at each meal. Grace Settings makes personalized placemats, plates, & bowls with a daily prayer written right on there for the child to easily say “grace” before each meal. Give a gift to remind your kids each and everyday to count their blessings with one of these adorable place settings form Grace Settings. Here are some of the great selection that can be found at Grace Settings:
We would love for you to share your own tips & tricks on how to teach kindness & encourage the spirit of giving in your own kids. Please leave a comment with us!
Now, here’s to a joy-filled & giving holiday season!
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