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It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35. Isn't that a great verse to share with our grandkids this season? And what fun to couple it with actually putting it into practice! One of the things I love to do during the holiday season is find creative ways to encourage them in giving to others as well as "making their own lists and checking them twice." 🙂
This year, I've scheduled them each for dates with Grandma to go to the Dollar Tree store nearby. I've already made it there with two of them, and have the others scheduled for later this week. While there, we've enjoyed shopping for gifts to drop off at church for the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoeboxes as well as a gift to add to the collection boxes our Dollar Tree has. In conjunction with Operation Homefront, those toys will be donated to the children of our brave men and women serving in the local area. AND we've been shopping for gifts for their siblings and their parents as well.
What fun to see their eyes sparkle as they plan out gifts to give others. And, may I say, I'm especially enjoying the pleasure they're taking in doing the wrapping – making for MUCH less work for their Sandwich Generation granny nanny. After we left the DollarTree today, my grandchild and I went home, wrapped the family gifts, then stopped at church and dropped off the Samaritan's Purse gifts. WOW! At this rate, I may actually be done with Christmas planning early! Wouldn't THAT be a big help with all the other goings on we are dealing with day to day as we work through the multigenerational Sandwich Generation issues!
Fun giving activities like these are a lovely way for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy the holiday season and what a great way of leaving a sweet spiritual legacy! Do you and your grandkids have any fun family Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday giving traditions or ideas? We'd love to hear about them. 🙂