擁抱聖誕真正精神:培養孩子慷慨善良
Embracing the True Spirit of Christmas: Nurturing Generosity and Kindness in Children

  • 郭曉芝
  • 親子關係
  • 育兒
  • 聖誕節
  • 教育
  • 慷慨
  • 善良
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身兼兩個孩子的母親和教育工作者雙重角色,我時常思索聖誕節的真正意義是什麽?我想每個人都有自己的回答,而且遠不止禮物和聖誕老人。我想到了聖誕節的起源,聖尼古拉斯向窮人贈送禮物,以贈予將愛與希望于寒冬播撒人間,我想大家亦能通過給予傳遞人間溫情。

每個聖誕節,我都會與家人一起做義工。從記事起,我就熱衷於向他人傳播快樂,我亦深切體會贈人玫瑰手留餘香的喜樂。

香港的義工機會雖難找,但我們仍能尋找多種途徑雪中送炭。透過油麻地善行活動,我們能為50名無家可歸者分發食物、飲料、口罩和消毒劑。此外希望之盒,樂餉社食物捐贈和綠色社區回收物分類等活動,甚至小小的感謝卡也能傳遞我們的關愛。

在物質主義盛行的世界裡,我們更應該教導孩子學會給予和同理心,傳承聖誕節精神。 他們也能做出力所能及的善舉,例如整理捐款箱或畫畫。

聖誕節的真正精神在於仁慈、愛和無私。 身為父母和教育者,我們有能力向孩子灌輸這些價值觀,並鼓勵他們對周圍的世界產生積極影響。 讓我們共同發揚分享的傳統,為大家的未來送去光明及希望。

The true spirit of Christmas goes beyond the allure of presents and Santa Claus. As a mother of two toddlers and an educator, I often find myself reflecting on the essence of this festive season. It takes me back to the origins of Christmas, where the story of St. Nicholas giving presents to the poor serves as a timeless reminder of the power of giving. In the modern world, how can we uphold and continue this spirit of generosity?

Growing up, I was fortunate to be immersed in a family tradition of volunteering every Christmas Day. From as young as I can remember, our family eagerly participated in spreading joy to others. This tradition taught us that the greatest gift is witnessing the happiness on someone else's face, rather than solely focusing on what I received. It shaped my perspective on the true meaning of Christmas and foster an attitude of gratitude.

Living in Hong Kong, finding volunteer opportunities for young children can be challenging. However, there are still avenues through which we can make a difference. One such opportunity is the Kindness Walk e.g. Yau Ma Tei Kindness walk. During this event, you will have the chance to see a wide range of individuals in great need and serve roughly 50 homeless individuals. Not only will you be building connections with the homeless community, but you will also provide and distribute necessities including food, drinks, masks, and sanitizer to those in need.

In addition to the Kindness Walk, there are other options available, such as supporting organizations like Box of Hope, donating essential food items to Feeding Hong Kong, or visiting Green community centers to help sort recyclables. Even something as simple as writing thank-you cards to express gratitude to the people around us can spread love and positivity.

In a world that often emphasizes materialism, teaching our children the joy of giving and the importance of empathy is crucial. We can involve them in age-appropriate acts of kindness, such as helping to pack donation boxes or drawing pictures to brighten someone's day. By nurturing their compassionate nature, we can ensure that the spirit of Christmas lives on in their hearts.

Let us remember that the true spirit of Christmas lies in acts of kindness, love, and selflessness. As parents and educators, we have the power to instill these values in our children and inspire them to make a positive impact on the world around them. Together, let us continue the tradition of giving and create a brighter, more compassionate future for all.

郭曉芝(Kimberly) - 2023年11月20日