For those of you thinking about giving your children a little “more” this Christmas
Posted by Liberty on December 17, 2008
“As a parent, there’s a certain joy in giving, in seeing the packages pile up and in surprising the kids. But excess also runs counter to the message we try to send all year, that money doesn’t fall from the sky and we should buy and consume thoughtfully. The challenge is particularly acute this year, when many of our budgets are tighter and we are, or feel, poorer than just a few months ago.”
I’ve been experiencing a little of this feeling this year. It will be my daughter’s first Christmas and I can’t wait to see her open the presents that we’ve picked out for her. But, I’m leery of overindulgence. There are those children who are so blessed with material things that they fail to appreciate what they have. I can only imagine that they grow into really miserable adults. In the future, when my daughter is more aware of her surroundings and is able to think about what it means to want, have and give, we’ll talk about the real significance of Christmas. I hope to be able to teach her that sometimes she should be grateful for the things that aren’t under the Christmas tree, too.