Christmas Gifts
A Parent's Opportunity

When Christmas time comes around our focus is so often on our children giving gifts and the lessons they can learn from that and yet there is an opportunity for us as parents to give astutely and build on our task of building up our children. Our desire is to see each of our children grow in their individual bents – the things that they are uniquely created to do. And giving presents to our children is an opportunity to enhance their development – if we choose wisely.

It is easy to get caught up in the materialism of the commercial Christmas; catalogues and advertising is everywhere. Not only are our children tempted to want but we have a desire to make our children happy and we want them to have fun too. When our kids are little, why is it that the best Christmas present is always the box it came in? Our children have been made for creativity and a box is just perfect to explore with.

To be creative means to do something in a new way – one dictionary puts it;

Using or showing use of the imagination
to create new ideas or things

We often think of creativity in terms of painting, sculpture, stitching or building but thinking is a creative skill as well, so too are the practical skills in life such as cooking and gardening. When our presents to our children encourage and enhance their in-built creative abilities, their talents and passions, then we are giving them a life-long gift.

Read about Talents, Gifts and Abilities

I like doing synonym searches on words – it expands my thinking a little. Such a search for the word Creative comes up with these words:


I think this list of words can help us in coming up with presents that are purposefully chosen for each of our children. In fact we ourselves have to be creative in finding just the right present!

If this idea is a new idea for you, you usually just buy the latest and greatest fad toy, then ask yourself these questions:

  • What holds my child’s interest for the longest?
  • What activity does my child choose without my prompting?
  • What times do I find him being imaginative, resourceful or ingenious?
  • At the end of the day, has he ever made anything? How? When? Why? What?
Start to get an understanding of some of the passions that drive your child.

When I did my synonym search I also am reminded of the antonym. The opposite of creative is unimaginative. Our children need to stay away from hobbies, activities and interest that require no imagination and we have the opportunity to encourage them to do so when we give exciting and interesting, individually inspired gifts for Christmas.

Live life with your kids!

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