Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas is for Children

Christmas is a season of gift-giving.  After all, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who was given to us as a gift from God the Father.  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Christmas is for children, too.  They make our Christmas meaningful with their joy and excitement as they open their presents on Christmas day.  Of course, they're the reason why we hang out stockings for Santa Clause.

The countdown is on:  we have twenty-five more days to go before Christmas.  How are you doing with your Christmas shopping?  Here in the U.S. where everybody is busy juggling between work (or school) and household duties, we do not have a lot of time to spend going around the mall.  The best alternative is online shopping where we can shop anytime of the day in the convenience of our homes.

I love shopping for gifts especially for children.  It is probably the child in me that gives me great enjoyment in browsing through kid stuff.  I usually buy clothes and books for my son.  However, like any other child, he prefers receiving toys for Christmas presents.  I, therefore, make sure that he gets plenty of those from Santa Clause.

How are you doing with your Christmas shopping list?  With today's rising cost of commodities, we have to come up with creative gift ideas.  We can choose affordable gifts without sacrificing kind and quality.  The trick is in knowing where to shop and what to buy.

Since children love toys, they are great gifts for Christmas.  They need not be expensive.  We can shop for cheap toys that are unique and fun and which our small children will enjoy.

Older children love playing electronic games.  Popular ones are portable handheld games like the Nintendo DS.  Hubby's Christmas present for my son three years ago was a Nintendo DS which he loved very much.  I loved playing with it, too.  Another sure hit among older children (and the child at heart) is the Nintendo Wii console with fun games.

If you haven't started with your shopping list, don't delay any longer.  If you have made your list, make sure a cousin, niece, nephew or godchild has not been left out.  You don't want a child unhappy on Christmas day thinking that Santa forgot about him.

"Christmas is for children, 
that's what people say
All their smiles are brighter 
because of Christmas day."
-Carl Vasta

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