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Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to shift gears into the giving season. As a homeschool family, we have the opportunity to reach out to our community to spread the joy of giving more than many others, and we take full advantage of these moments to donate and give back to charities and organizations close to us. Not only does this help our community, but it also teaches our children the importance of giving, especially during the holidays.
Teaching the Joy of Giving with The Berenstain Bears
In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving, Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others. ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.' Acts 20:35
Much like Brother and Sister Bear, our children often lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas as neighborhoods begin to twinkle with beautiful colored lights and carolers begin to sing Christmas carols around us. And, you know what? You can't really blame them. Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year and I still get lost in the excitement too.
As the anticipation of Christmas morning nears when our children get to open their gifts, I take this moment to set out with them to deliver gifts to those in need to help keep them grounded in the true meaning of Christmas. The one important lesson we try to instill in their charity is that it's not about the cost of the gift or how many gifts you give, it's the thought and the meaning behind each gift. A simple gift can change someone's life.
Just like Brother and Sister Bear learned in their play at the Chapel in the Woods, we are doing our best to teach our children how all the gifts of Christmases past go back to those first gifts given to a tiny, little baby, God’s gift to us.
Joyous Moments of Giving Back
Each year we choose local charities and organizations to give to. Most are not large, charitable organizations, but instead individuals or small groups who have expressed a need from those around them. Here are a few of the ways we have donated to help others.
We had a local family at church who had lost much of their belongings in a fire. To help get them excited about the upcoming holiday season, a small group of families from our service came together to purchase a Christmas tree and ornaments for their house.
There was a local elementary school that was in need of books for their library. To help them with their needs, we hosted a small book drive to collect books for a donation to the school.
To say thank you for their service, our children made gift baskets for the Fathers at our church. The basket included a chess game and some sweet treats to celebrate the season with.
Another tradition we have is delivering unwrapped toys to our local fire department for kids in need. They have an amazing toy drive every year which donates to the children in our community.
Teach your children the joy of giving this holiday season with The Berenstain Bears. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan & Mike Berenstain is recommended for ages 3-8 years, and is available in stores now! (Released September 2010)