This year, teach your kids the true meaning of the season. Rather than allowing them to think of the holidays as a season of getting gifts, try to show them the true meaning of compassion and selflessness.
Whether it means getting them fewer gifts or volunteering some vacation time to help others, there are many ways to give back as a family this holiday season. We have a few of our favorites listed below, check them out!
Donate to Your Favorite Charity
This holiday season, when you’re forcing your children and yourself to clean up the house, take those items no longer needed or the pieces creating clutter and donate them. Make it a game to go one-by-one through the rooms with a box that must be filled with donation items. Then, you can schedule a donation pick-up for a charity you’d like to support, such as the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Take Baked Goods to Workers
If you and your kids like to bake, make a little extra this year and take them to people that deserve some kindness. Take them to your local police and fire station, to your local hospital’s nurses, or to the neighbor who works double shifts. Take the time to appreciate those who might need some extra care—your children will notice their gratitude and they’ll try to recreate that in the future!
Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
Volunteering is a wonderful way to get the family out and about during the holidays. It helps them disconnect from themselves and focus on helping others. If your kids are old enough, plan a night to volunteer at your local soup kitchen. You could even try to make this a monthly or weekly affair so that your family gets used to giving back to the community and those in need.
Write a Reverse Christmas List
This is such a sweet idea! After you’ve asked your kids to write their own personal Christmas list, have them write a reverse Christmas list. This means that instead of writing what they want to receive, they’ll write what they would like to give to others. The list can include items for family, friends, or those less fortunate than them. Then, as a family, try to cross some of those items off the list.
Participate in Adopt-A-Family
In that same vein, the Adopt-A-Family program can help you cross some of those items off the reverse list. This program connects your family with a family in need, and your job is to make some of their holiday wishes come true. This can mean donating money, getting gifts on their wish lists, or making holiday cards. It’s a great way to show compassion!