Getting your kids involved in serving over the holidaysWritten by Renee Gray-Wilburn
"You’ll never know how much I appreciate this," Margaret said, tears forming in her 87-year-old eyes. With both hands, she gently held the hot cider our family brought her.
"Ever since my husband died, I haven’t bothered with my Christmas decorations. It’s too much effort. But it’s not the same without them. You’re Christmas angels!"
When our family decorated Margaret’s house for Christmas, it opened our eyes to the importance of small acts of service. Like many families, it’s easy to get caught up in all the commercialism of the season and lose sight of the true spirit of Christmas. As an antidote, we turned our attention outward – beyond ourselves – to our neighbours and community.
Since our encounter with Margaret, our kids have become hooked on serving. Christmas is no longer about "What am I going to get?" but rather, "Where can I give?"
Each year, we let our children choose where they want to serve based on their talents, and we continually add new experiences. Here are a few of our tested serving ideas:
Renee Gray-Wilburn is a mother of three who, at the time of publication, lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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