Giving Loving Words & Gifts

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:46 PM by Jundo Cohen   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 9:33 AM ]
  Avoid store-bought cards, and have children and adults sit down together around the family table to write personal, heartfelt letters and cards of love and gratitude to family members and friends to tell them just how much they mean to you. Origami can be used to make lovely cards or card decorations. 
On the night before or on Bodhi Day, exchange small gifts with your immediate family. Hand made gifts, or Buddhist themed gifts, should be the theme as opposed to consumer items. Also, as a family, make a donation of money, food, clothes, etc. to a foodbank, shelter, or other charitable organizations. It would be best if the donation were money that the child had to earn through their own work or chores before donating, or food and clothing purchased with such money. Either take your children to the facility to drop items off, or ask the child to contribute a portion of their chore/holiday/spending money to donate to the cause of your family's choice. As well, make soup or some type of food to deliver to a sick/elderly neighbor and spend time visiting if you can as a family. If the child is to receive toys or other popular items, make a special emphasis on giving to those who do not have such things.