I think of all the wacky and unusual holidays on the books, this one is my favorite. MITTEN TREE DAY is so much fun for children, but it’s a great way for adults to teach them about selflessness and how to put the needs of others above their own needs or wants. Have you heard the story called “The Mitten”?
The timing of this special holiday is perfect since it’s so close to Christmas. I used to have my Sunday School kids make an outline of their hands with their fingers together on colored construction paper – it looks like a pair of mittens. Then they put their name on the “mittens” and decorate them with glitter or crayons. Then punch holes in the top of each mitten and run yarn through the holes. Tie a knot in the yarn and hang the “mittens” on a small Christmas tree.
Once you have a mitten tree and have read the story to the children, you can easily Segway into conversations with them about how blessed we are if we own a pair of mittens – and how it would be nice if we were to give someone a pair of mittens if they do not have any. Children learn how to be charitable. It does not come naturally.
We usually talked at great length about how the little boy’s mitten helped all those critters stay warm. Then we discussed how God has provided warm houses for us to live in and stay warm. It’s never too early to teach children to count their blessings and be thankful for what they have.
There’s such a tendency in our country to want more and not be content. Stories like “The Mitten” help us to teach children to think of others and want to share with them. Let’s teach them about charity instead of teaching them that the government will force them to share. True charity should be taught and come from the heart of individuals. God loveth a cheerful giver. THAT is what Christians teach children – give from the abundance God blesses you with.
May we always be allowed to give of our own free will as God leads – not as government leads. ❤
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