Members Area
Countdown to Christmas --
Visit My Merry Christmas on Facebook!   Visit My Merry Christmas on Twitter!   Get My Merry Christmas on RSS
Navigation » Merry Forums of My Merry Christmas > Christmas Library > Index > Christmas Present > Christmas for Parents » Developing an Attitude of Gratitude in Your Kids

Home Submit Article New in the Library What's Popular Search

» What's New
santahat Remember when Black...
by MMC Editor
11-12-2013 12:55 AM
Last post by thechristmasmusicman
01-27-2014 10:42 AM
18,377 Views  4 Posts
santahat The Real History of the...
by MMC Editor
10-24-2013 12:44 PM
16,484 Views  0 Posts
santahat The Mistletoe Bough...
by MMC Editor
10-17-2013 06:19 AM
Last post by Virginia
10-30-2013 03:04 AM
2 Posts
Christmas Tree A Christmas Tree for Cats
by MMC Editor
10-11-2013 08:21 AM
19,178 Views  0 Posts
Christmas Tree The Birds' Christmas...
by MMC Editor
10-11-2013 06:59 AM
Last post by Virginia
10-30-2013 03:12 AM
21,177 Views  1 Posts
» Random Entries
Stan Freberg's Green...
by MMC Editor
06-08-2002 09:54 PM
0 Posts
Is Santa's mail safe?
by MMC Editor
06-11-2002 04:57 PM
Last post by IronEagle302
07-09-2012 08:27 PM
49,886 Views  1 Posts
Neiman Marcus Has Just...
by Jeff Westover
10-09-2012 04:00 PM
25,537 Views  0 Posts
December the 25th
by MMC Editor
06-08-2002 09:23 PM
58,885 Views  0 Posts
Gift 2 Catching Santa: Ain't...
by Elf Ed Zachary
11-26-2013 03:03 AM
4,290 Views  0 Posts
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude in Your Kids
Report to Moderator Old 06-02-2002 09:24 PM
MMC Editor
Views: 45,135
Replies: 0
By Jeff Westover

Jerry Seinfeld once recorded a hilarious routine about Halloween as a kid. “Let me see if I get this straight, all I have to do is dress up weird and parade around my neighborhood and people I don’t know will give me candy? For free? I can do that!”

What made that funny to hear is the truth in it. Over this past Halloween weekend, I had my 12-year old daughter Abby take her costumed younger siblings out for a little trick-or-treating. When she returned, her comment summed it all up: “They’re moochers, Dad. Like the ducks at the park all they have to do is “quack!” and they get fed.”

Abby can be a bit wry but her observation was right on the money. The whole exercise is absent of meaning even if it is a fun tradition. It lays the foundation of the “gimme” battle in the weeks ahead for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Here are a few ideas of how to develop a gracious attitude for your kids over the holidays without spoiling the fun:

- Invest some time studying and explaining the origin of our holidays. Thanksgiving is the one holiday almost universal in observance. Most societies celebrate a day of thanks. Many communities have programs, museums have displays and there are usually a number of theatrical productions that can add to your observance of the season. Don’t let the chaos of the season in your life be the only thing they see.

- Provide service. You don’t have to be active in your Church or march down to the homeless shelter to lend a hand, although those are excellent places to start. Chances are you can find ways to anonymously help a neighbor that can be fun. We take chances on doing small things like raking leaves in the dead of night or other such small but meaningful projects. Even a plate of cookies left as the payoff for some harmless doorbell-ditch can be a fun activity.

- Change some aspects of your traditions. At Thanksgiving, we might fast for two meals before our traditional dinner and then give what money we would have spent on food (or, the food itself) to a worthy cause. On Christmas Eve, we will have the kids write thank you notes to Santa and stuff them in their stockings before going to bed.

This holiday season don’t just observe these special days. Actively pursue them. The traditions we develop now with our kids will likely be carried on to their children. Making these days memorable versus just making them grand will help to make holiday traditions meaningful in the future.
This article is copyrighted. Use of this article in part or whole is strictly prohibited. For reprint, quotation, or excerpt use please contact Merry Network LLC.

Tags: None
Send to Friend

Rate Article:

Category Jump
» Featured
Top Ten Christmas Videos...
by Jeff Westover
12-16-2013 08:10 AM
14,032 Views  0 Posts
santahat Remember when Black...
by MMC Editor
11-12-2013 12:55 AM
Last post by thechristmasmusicman
01-27-2014 10:42 AM
18,377 Views  4 Posts
Annual Survey of...
by MMC Editor
09-16-2013 08:19 AM
Last post by icetene33
10-21-2013 04:04 PM
19,307 Views  2 Posts
Snowman2 Top Five Christmas Hoaxes
by MMC Editor
09-09-2013 02:14 PM
23,960 Views  0 Posts
stocking Santa Smoking: Why is...
by Jeff Westover
10-11-2012 08:10 AM
Last post by HollyJolly
09-02-2013 08:30 AM
42,319 Views  6 Posts
» Recent Comments
Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate: A Matter of Taste
It's hard to find good writing now a days. But you have done a great job with all these sharing hot Cocoa and hot Chocolate. That's interesting. Thanks for sharing.
by Riccardo Vasquez on 04-04-2014 01:38 AM
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My top favorite Christmas Sitcoms: All from M*A*S*H , Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley. Step By Step - I'll Be Home For Christmas
by Minta on 04-01-2014 10:33 AM
His Name is Bud
love this story! Thanks for sharing your memories.
by Christmasstar on 04-01-2014 06:46 AM
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
Here are my top 10: (in no particular order) All 3 M*A*S*H Christmas episodes they made: Dear Dad Dear Sis Death Takes a Holiday The Bob Newhart Show: His Busiest Time I'm Dreaming of a...
by Christmas-A-Holic on 03-26-2014 07:50 AM
Tips for Buying a Fresh Tree
I will do that fresh cut of the trunk.....that was my problem last Christmas.....the tree lost so many needles....even tho it was fresh....the problem was....since I didn´t cut the trunk....the tree...
by trackrebel on 03-24-2014 09:13 AM
» Christmas Library Stats
Christmas Library Statistics Categories: 31, Articles: 352, Posts: 134, Total Views 18,602,037