With presents galore, it can be hard to keep the kids grateful of how lucky they are at Christmas time.

Here are some great ways to keep the kids

  1. Donate: Get the kids to go through their toys, books and clothes and donate some to a charity or local op shop. Good quality donations can be bought by or given to less fortunate families. I find that with my kids when I talk about children who don’t have the same toys, the kids are happy to donate some of their least used. Getting the kids to choose and not you gives them the choices to make donations to help out.
  2. Buy: Get the kids to buy a toy and place it under the wishing tree at Kmart or buy some extra food and donate to a local charity/food drive. The kids will love choosing something for another child.
  3. Limit: Ask family to limit what they buy for the kids and not to go overboard with presents. Kids will actually be more grateful with less than an abundance of presents.
  4. Volunteer: Local charities would love some help in the lead up to Christmas with packing food hampers, collecting donations etc. Bigger kids could help out with you.
  5. Giving: Focus the kids on giving to family you are giving gifts to so they enjoy giving not just receiving. Get the kids involved in the gift choice or get them to make something special to give.

How do you keep your kids grateful at Christmas?

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  • We always put gifts under the wishing trees. Usually a few of them each year, each child. My kids generally got what they asked for at xmas, plus more, and still remained thankful


  • If you are donating a present under a Xmas tree make sure there is somebody responsible keeping watch on it as sometimes toys are stolen from under them. A friend of mine donated a beautiful teddy walked into another shop. As she was leaving she saw a kid take it and run off. The woman he was with didn’t even attempt to stop him or return it. It wasn’t a toddler, he was properly late primary school / early high school age.


  • Important to teach gratefulness all year round! It is tough when kids have so much these days….. donating and thinking of others is a good start but not just once a year


  • We have just done a big clear out for the charity shop this week in time for Christmas.


  • To donate is a wonderful gesture and they can learn from doing this.


  • Good tips.
    When there are many presents we take some away and give them either some weeks after Xmas, on their birthday or to less fortunate children.
    I like it how my neighbor does it. She keeps it simple and doesn’t spend more then $10-20 for her children at Xmas (idem on their birthdays).


  • Wonderful ideas, I hope to raise very greatful and giving children! I also plan to always show great gratitude for anything my children or other people do/give me so that my kids learn from that


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