Christmas Gifts & Kids

My husband and I are from large nuclear families. Consequently, when our children were small they would receive an abundance of gifts.  We wanted to prevent them from being overwhelmed on Christmas morning.  So a couple weeks before Christmas, we’d permit them to open one gift every 2-3 days.

But wait—we had a rule!  Before they could open their second gift, they had to write a personal thank you note to the person whose gift they had already opened.  By the time Christmas arrived, all the thank you notes were done!  The kids were able to take their time writing their notes, knowing there was only one to write—that is, until the next gift was opened.

When they were very young, I would help them compose their notes.  As they grew older they became more confident and creative in their letter-writing.  It also developed into a good habit that continues to this day.

Now we are receiving precious thank you letters from the grandchildren! What a delight to know they are being trained up in the way they should go.

  •  Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.    Proverbs 22:6
  • DEAR LORD OF LORDSBy Kathleen
  • This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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8 Responses to Christmas Gifts & Kids

  1. Peter says:

    I have a 2 year old son and this is a valuable reminder for bringing up kids. Thank you Kathleen!

  2. Mark L says:

    what a blessing – to be raised up in God’s ways! Merry Christmas and God bless

    • Kathleen says:

      That’s true, Mark! I’m glad I came to know the Lord before our firstborn entered the world. I praise God that I was able to start at the very beginning of their lives to nurture them in the Lord.

  3. Katie O says:

    Comment: Precious story Kathleen. Merry Christmas to you and your husband and family.

  4. Liana says:

    You have such wonderful advice, especially for those with young ones Kathleen. You are living proof of His love.

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