I remember my excitement the day the Sears & Roebuck catalog landed in the mailbox of my childhood home. I carefully looked through each section circling the gifts I wanted to find under our Christmas tree. The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, Barbie’s Dream House, and a Cabbage Patch Kid made the list more than once. The more pages I turned, the longer my wish list grew.
Every year, kids near and far make a Christmas wish list. Some send their list to Santa in letter form. Others create Pinterest boards so tech-savvy relatives can click to order. Even kind-hearted strangers ask our kids what they want for Christmas. By the time the sun rises on Christmas morning, many kids have high expectations for a massive Christmas haul.
A “give me” mentality easily consumes our children this time of year. How do we counter entitlement without becoming a scrooge? Parents can encourage gratitude in their children during the holidays by incorporating a few new traditions.
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