For my entire adult life, I’ve done a lot of giving during the holiday season.
Children have a special place in my heart, and my heart aches to know that some children miss the magic of Christmas. Because I am able, I give gifts to children where ever I can.
Because they are organized locally and benefit children in my community, I’ve always focused my attention on giving trees and a local school’s toy drive.
Last year, Grace was interested in giving gifts to other children.
This year, not so much. When we go to the store, she wants to get things for herself. It might be developmental, but I’m afraid it’s also largely my fault. She gets a lot of things for herself, and she’s come to expect it.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. –Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
Enter The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson.
Eldon Johnson is a father and author who was fed up with the â€œgimme gimmeâ€ attitude of Christmas. His book, The King’s Christmas List, tells the story of a little girl who learns how to give through a series of encounters on the way to a Christmas party.
With The King’s Christmas List, Eldon Johnson seeks to create ways for families to take back Christmas and learn to give to others together at this important time of year, like Christ did for us.
By the time we’d finished reading The King’s Christmas List, Grace asked me what we could give to someone.
She was inspired, even though (maybe because?) it was bedtime.
I hope The King’s Christmas List will also inspire you and your family to give this Christmas season.
Finding Ways to Give
- If you are looking for local connection, check churches, banks, and schools for collection boxes. Many locations adopt a family in need and provide Christmas gifts for their children.
- The King’s Adventure website lists charitable partners and suggests ways to change the focus of your family’s Christmas celebration
- The 30 Day Giving Challenge site lists 21 different organizations throughout the world where you can become involved.
- Consider sponsoring a child through Compassion. We look forward to letters from our sponsored child like no other mail throughout the year.
- Fill a shoebox! Check out my post on Operation Christmas Child for an easy and fun way to spread Christmas cheer throughout the world.
How are you giving to others this Christmas season?
The King’s Christmas List Giveaway
Tommy Nelson is giving away a copy of The King’s Christmas List to one lucky Feels Like Home reader. (US residents only, must be 18 or older to enter.)
To enter: How are you giving to others this Christmas season?
Good luck! Iâ€™ll use Random.org to choose a winner sometime after 11:59 pm on November 18, 2010.
I received a copy of The King’s Christmas List in order to review it. Tommy Nelson is providing the book for the giveaway.
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