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The True Value of Christmas for Families

How to Make Christmas About More Than Presents

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Long before Thanksgiving, kids start thinking about the Christmas presents they hope to receive. Teach your kids the true value of Christmas and make this special time of year about more than just the presents.

Start Family Christmas Traditions

Nothing gets the whole family into the Christmas spirit faster than revisiting your annual family Christmas traditions. It doesn't matter if you already have a handful of traditions or you don't have any particular traditions at all, there are many fun Christmas traditions you can add to your family's routine every year that will show them the true value of Christmas.

Many of your traditions can start Thanksgiving night, such as bringing out The Elf on the Shelf with the accompanying story book. Not only does having a set of annual traditions take away the 100% focus on all things gifts, it also gives you more time with your family.

Buy Gifts That Help Others

'Tis the season of giving. Show your kids how they can give gifts to their friends and family that help others, an excellent lesson on the true value of Christmas.

Look for gifts that give back for Christmas presents. Your loved ones get a beautiful present and a portion of the proceeds can go to sick children, anti-hunger projects, literacy groups and less fortunate children around the world.

Get Involved in Charity Work

So many charities need extra help during Christmastime. And there are countless ways your family can get involved. Pack boxes of food at a local charity. Ring bells at kettles outside of stores. Help deliver Christmas gifts to the less fortunate Christmas Eve. Serve food at a soup kitchen Christmas Day. Or find charities that help children receive everything from new toys to free Christmas trees.

While helping others your children learn valuable lessons on thankfulness and the true value of Christmas. These experiences are greater gifts than anything they'll unwrap under the tree.

Donate Toys

It's a great time to get the kids to hit the playroom and pack up boxes of old toys. You'll soon be filling the room back up with new toys on Christmas.

Donating old toys can help many children. Many hospitals, local charities, etc., will gladly accept gently used toys.

Visit the Elderly

Not everyone gets visitors around the holidays. Take your family to a retirement or nursing home to visit the elderly.

Call the director of the home to ask when a good day and time to come over would be. Make homemade gifts or simply spend time talking to these people who have a treasure chest full of stories to share. Your visit will brighten their day and your family will leave truly knowing the value of Christmas.
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