It’s that time of year. Christian parents and teachers are thinking about appropriate Christmas gifts for their kids. So, why not use the gifts themselves as opportunities to encourage a child’s faith? The right gift can become a regular reminder that Jesus is more than a reason to celebrate Christmas.
Now, please understand that we’re not suggesting you avoid the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and “this thing which tells time” if that’s all your child can dream about receiving. But, well-chosen stocking stuffers can give you, the gift-giver, a chance to remind your kids that Jesus is more than a reason to open packages. Here are some simple stocking stuffer ideas that might help spark your creativity as you prepare for the gift-giving (and yes, gift-getting) season.
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– A Children’s Bible. There are lots of great kid’s Bibles on the market that don’t just look “cool,” but also contain Bible helps that are relevant to children.
– Christian clothing. There’s no shortage of t-shirts and other Christian apparel out there that not only look nice, but also carry healthy messages.
– Christian jewelry. Appropriate rings, necklaces, and bracelets can make a good, ongoing daily reminder to girls especially, but boys may also benefit from certain types of jewelry.
– Movies. There are many good movies out there that carry healthy, biblically consistent messages.
– Music. There’s a host of artists of faith who are making great music that your kids are likely to enjoy. If you’re looking for music for older kids or teens and are uncertain about where to start, try CCMMagazine.com or NewReleaseTuesday.com to get a feel for the latest Christian music being produced.
– Time. The gift of your time is always a good idea. Consider a “certificate” for an evening spent with you at some point in the near future.
As believers, we’d like the entire holiday season to point the children under our care in the right direction. We want them to remember just why we’re celebrating and to give appropriate devotion to Jesus as Lord. But, we also realize it’s hard to overcome the power of that moment when packages are torn open and the anticipation of gift GETTING has finally come! Perhaps these ideas can help.
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