Christmas is NEXT week.
Perhaps you have all your gifts purchased or perhaps you are scrambling to get them all done but I would like to challenge all of our families to see how the gifts we give encourage the Catholic and Montessori principles of our school.
Ask the question:
Does the gift help the adolescent become a better person?
Does it draw them closer to God or away from God?
Does it involve their creativity?
Does it involve their imagination?
Does it challenge their spatial skills?
Does it widen their world view?
Is it a work with their hands or bodies?
Does it help them discover a gift or talent they have?
Does it help them discover their cosmic task?
Does it encourage group work in the family?
Does it teach them something new?
Does the clothing encourage modesty and order?
Does the hero/heroine display traits that are admirable?
Is the gift dependent on technology?
Does the gift encourage community (versus solitude)?
I love giving gifts but am careful that the gift I give is actually for the GOOD of the other (willing the good of another is the true definition of love). I would encourage you to ask yourselves the same questions with the gifts you give this year!