Fall always brings to mind traditions—family traditions and those with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. As we look toward Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is not too early to start traditions that remind us to be thankful for our blessings.
This year, why not start a tradition of filling a box (or several boxes) for Operation Christmas Child (OCC)? It is a great way to teach children about giving. Decide if the box will be for a boy or girl, and choose the age of the recipient. Make a list of the kinds of items you will add to the box. (Check the OCC website for lists of items by age range.) Then, help your children watch for the needed items as you shop. Or, give each child a small budget to fill his own box to send.
Include extended family and friends by hosting a party, with the goal of guests bringing items for OCC boxes. What a wonderful tradition of fellowship, celebration and giving! What a simple, yet purposeful plan to nurture a priceless tradition in children.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)