Day 3: A Note for the Teacher

Welcome to the 25 Days of Giving. Each day we’ll focus on a different way you can teach your kids to give to others. If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. Put the focus on giving instead of getting at Christmas this year because Jesus was a gift to us. Join in the fun by reading each day, then posting in the comments ways that you help your kids give to others at Christmas. Don’t forget to share this series with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Neither of my daughters is all that fond of school. There's a variety of reasons for that, but let's just say it's not their favorite way to spend a day at the moment. However, they both have some really good teachers that brighten up their day and make the school day not so dreary. For that, I'm grateful, and I think my daughters should be, too.

So, yesterday's direction from the giving box was to write a note to one of their teachers, telling them how much my girls enjoy being in their class. Lots of moaning and groaning followed the reading of the direction. No one wanted to write a note. "That takes too long." "What am I going to say?" "I don't have enough time." "That's embarrassing." Those were all complaints I heard, but still the direction remained to write a note -- not an email, not a verbal thank you -- a note.

Having my kids write a note of gratitude to their teachers doesn't cost anything to give except time and effort, yet it's a gift from the heart. It forces our kids to think about what they are grateful for, even when it comes to something my girls don't necessarily like. It makes them think about someone else for the 10 minutes it takes them to write the note.

Writing a note of thanks also makes the receiver feel special. There's something about getting a written note card of thanks that warms the heart in a way an email or a phone call doesn't. It's solid. It's permanent. You can go back and read it over and over again.

I personally think that we don't spend enough time thanking the people who make an impact in our lives. We don't often take the time to stop and think about how others have helped us along the way. Yet, we want to have hearts filled with gratitude, and we want to teach our kids to be thankful. We want to follow the command of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Our notes of gratitude are packed in the backpacks and ready to go to school today. Our daughters may be a little embarrassed when they hand them to their teachers, but that's OK. The rewards of being thankful are so much greater than a little embarrassment.

Is there a note of gratitude that you or your child need to add to your Christmas gift-giving list?

For more great ideas to keep your kids’ attention focused on Christ in the Christmas season, check out my Everyday Christmas e-book. You’ll find lots of simple to implement ideas to create a Christ-centered Christmas.

Linking up today with Time-Warp Wife.