I heard some mothers talking the other day about how their children were disappointed when they didn’t receive a lot of gifts for Christmas. It saddened me. I have a word that has guided my gift giving with my children.
Precedence…. What does that word mean to you?
I looked it up on http://www.dictionary.com/. As I was looking for definitions, most were related to law precedents. That tells me it’s a pretty strong word. I am most interested in the first definition that the American Heritage Dictionary presented:
During the year, I look for gifts that I think they will enjoy. I put them away in a box until their birthdays, Christmas, or an I Love You day. Because I don’t give big gifts, they don’t expect them. Because I don’t give them often, they are thrilled when they receive one.
Does this mean my children are disappointed with their Christmas gifts? On the contrary, they are happy with what they receive. Thrilled in fact.
When we don’t set a high precedence of expectation, our children are free to be grateful for the gifts they do receive. They can truly enjoy their gifts without thought of cost or quantity.
I love my children. I am not required to give them gifts. I want to give them gifts. They know that. They are thankful and enjoy the gifts because they know I am giving them out of love.
Just something to think about…
Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage
Keeping it simple for our Savior