Our holiday gift giving verse is slightly different from the original one you’ll find floating around the internet:
Something you want
Something you need
Something to give
Something to read
The third line often reads, “Something to wear” but I find between the blessing of hand-me-downs and the love of grandparents, my children’s closets are too full. Our third line is about the true spirit of Christmas- giving. During the lead up to Christmas the children go through a wide assortment of charitable pamplets from WWF to Greenpeace to Oxfam to local charities and hospitals as well. They choose a charity that resonates with them and we make a donation. The Oxfam Unwrapped program is especially interesting for younger children as they can see photos of a cow or a flock of chickens that will go to a family in need and this makes the experience a bit more tangible for them.