We spent a lot of time watching home videos while we were home for Christmas these pass two weeks. I grew up in SUCH a simple life. My parents were the epitome of sacrifice. My dad drove an old beater for most of my life just so that we could go to Christian school. My mom made homemade Easter baskets out of brown grocery bags for us. We got 1-2 Christmas presents each, which we usually shared. One of the home videos we watched was over Easter. I was 12. Inside my Easter basket was a hand puppet. Thats it. I was overjoyed to receive it. Really? A 12 year old loving a hand puppet? I can almost guarantee that if I bought that for my 6 year old today, he would complain, or not even want it.
Will and I can look back now and see that we had great intentions, but we WAY overdid it. They have SO MUCH stuff. They always get so much stuff. And its at the point now, where they just don't even care about receiving because its never enough. I actually nearly fell over because one of them uttered "Thats all we get? Three presents??? Ugh" as we opened gifts at the grandparents house. Are you kidding me? We obviously had a BIG talk about it but I want it to sink in. I'm not sure I know how to accurately get this lesson across. I think I have given them the wrong message in their life so far. I want to reverse this. I want them to be passionate lovers of Jesus, first and foremost, and then because of that intense love overflow, I want them to be fiercely giving and generous.
We got SO little as kids (compared to now-a-days -oldie alert, who says nowadays???? haha) and we still were so thankful. We always looked forward to Christmas but we never felt entitled to receive certain gifts or have certain lists fulfilled. I mean, I definitely remember going over to friends houses who had so much more than us and wishing for what they had. But it didn't shape my whole world. I want that for my kids. I want to drown out the noise.
So Im looking for ideas and input. How do you teach these things to your children? What are some ideas for teaching them to be grateful and appreciative in a world that teaches us to always want more? We live in a big world, where being a minimalist is SO hard, but how do you drown out the noise, and fill them with what is important? I can't wait for your feedback!!