No denying it, receiving gifts is fun! We enjoy giving our kids gifts and watching the delight they have in receiving them. But we don’t want receiving gifts to be the greatest focus of the Advent Season.
Because we want our kids to learn to be gracious givers, we started a new Christmas tradition a couple years ago. We call it the Focus on Giving Advent Countdown. This means that our Advent calendar contains daily activities intentionally focused on giving.
How do we make this work practically without letting it become one more thing that adds stress and obligation to an already busy season? I’ve shared all the specifics and practical tips over at MelanieRedd.com under this title:
When we first started this tradition in our home, I framed two Scripture verses to put up on our mantel. I’ve designed them for you to print and frame as well. The link to print them will be below each graphic. They are formatted to print on letter sized paper and can be easily trimmed to fit in an 8×10 frame. The graphic is larger than pictured here. Enjoy.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Link to Print Acts 20:35 Graphic (This one prints to go into the frame vertically.)
“Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
Link to Print 2 Corinthians 9:7 Graphic (This one prints to go into the frame horizontally.)
Be sure to read the whole article over at Melanie Redd for practical ideas to help your family avoid a spirit of receiving this year.
What Advent countdown activities does your family enjoy?