As I probably have mentioned before, we do not give our children Christmas presents because Jesus is the One having the "birthday". Afterall, He has already given us the greatest gift, the gift of salvation. What more could we ask for?
Last year, the kids wanted to empty out their piggy banks into the church offering on Christmas as their present to Jesus. This year, I wanted something more personal.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
When I asked my children what we can do to make Jesus happy on His birthday, they replied almost in unison: "Love others". Therefore, thanks to Project Love Lunch which organised a Dear Santa project, the older three kids could use the money in their savings to get gifts for needy children. We went for our first ever Christmas shopping trip and took care to choose according to the specific requests from each receiving child. There will be a party where my kids will get to present the gifts to the person their blessing, which I think it will be far more meaningful than simply buying the presents.
In a year or two, I will be looking for mission trips or evangelistic events for the children to participate in so that they will also learn how to give others the greatest gift that anyone can ever get: Jesus.