The holiday season has begun; the time of colorful lights, family and friends, delicious baked goods, and giving. Unfortunately, for children, it can often become the season of “the gimmies”. Very young children are unable to see the world from any viewpoint other than their own. However, as they enter the preschool and kindergarten years, children begin to recognize their needs, wants, and feelings. Yet, the overabundance of toy displays and television ads can sometimes pull them back into their self-centeredness.
In order to remedy this, parents can involve their children in making cards and gifts for their loved ones and talk with them about how special the receiver will feel.
During this busy time, it is important to make an effort to spend quality time with your children. One great way to do this is to read stories to them. Any of their favorite stories will do, but if you want a picture book that focuses on generosity and giving, here are a couple of good choices:
Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon. Rabbit, in search of food, comes across two turnips. While rolling them home, he remembers his friend donkey might also be hungry, and leaves one turnip on donkey’s doorstep. With this unselfish action, Rabbit has started a circle of giving that reaches more friends.
Me and My Dragon: Christmas Spirit by David Biedrzycki. In this humorous story, a boy and his dragon discover the meaning of the Christmas Spirit as they work together to earn money for Christmas gifts.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. In this classic favorite, the Grinch tries to stop Christmas from coming to the town by stealing all the presents, food, and decorations. When Christmas comes anyway, he realizes that Christmas just might be more than presents.