Advent is a season of celebrating God's presence here on earth, but it's easy to forget about that when holiday dishes are stacked to the ceiling and wrapping paper is strewn all over the floor. This collection features advice and encouragement from four women who have learned to integrate lessons from Advent into their daily routines of marriage, parenting, and personal spiritual development.
Getting Over the "Gimmes"
"Hey mom, I saw the coolest paint gun on TV!" our son John, then about 11 years old, excitedly said. "That's what I want for Christmas! All the other guys are asking for it, and their parents are probably getting it for them, too. I just have to have one!"
It was two days before Christmas, and I'd already finished my shopping and overspent my budget. I was exhausted by my five kids' endless lists of "have to haves"!
This season of giving too often becomes the season of "gimme." So how can we raise kids to be "givers" instead of "getters"? Here are six quick tips.
1. Recognize that giving's more than a seasonal issue.
While the attack of the "gimmes" is ...