Educational Apps, Toys & Gifts Directory
What do you want for Christmas? This is a ques- tion most of our children hear a lot this time of year from friends and relatives. You can learn a lot about children by how they respond. It’s heartwarming to hear their request for healing for someone who is sick,
for a loved one to come home, or any of the other intangible gifts
their hearts’ desire. However, the typical response to this question
involves toys, games, electronics, money, and the list goes on.
Oftentimes, the things our children want are quite different
from what we as parents want them to have. Most of us probably
prefer gifts that are useful and serve a purpose, or are educational
or creative. Check out the Educational Apps, Toys and Gifts Directory for ideas that both children and parents could agree on.
There are many philosophies on Christmas gifts for our children. Some families simply set a monetary amount for each child
and get whatever they can for that amount of money. There’s the
four-gift rule: a want, a need, something to wear, and something
to read. Then there’s the three-gift rule based on the three gifts for
Jesus: the one thing they wish for the most, which represents gold;
something to wear like clothing, lotion, or perfume, which represents frankincense; and something for spiritual growth, which
represents myrrh. Other families stick with home-made items like
food or hand-crafted gifts. For those who prefer adventure over
packages, you could consider taking a vacation or doing a project
Whatever works best for your family dynamics, I pray Christ
will be the focus of the entire holiday season. Take time to share
one simple fact as you give: regardless of the gifts we give or receive, the greatest gift ever is available today to anyone who will
accept Him. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God
is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6: 23.
Jesus says in John 8: 12, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
A candle, flashlight, floating lantern, or even a set of Christmas
lights along with the appropriate Scripture verses can change a
person’s life forever. So, as you’re shopping for gifts this year, keep
this in mind, whether you’re giving to your family, neighbors, co-workers or strangers, you can give the gift of eternal life by leading
others to the eternal Light!
Sherri is a senior advertising executive and contributing writer for
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®. She enjoys homeschooling in the
mountains of NC and life-schooling while traveling near and far.
You can contact her at SMurr@TheOldSchoolhouse.com.
What Do You Want For
by Sherri Murr