Today I am sharing a couple of fun family Christmas gift ideas. I am keeping one for my own home, and giving the other as a gift to a young family who will have many years to use it.
FAMILY HONOR PLATE
The Family Honor Plate is a DIY craft kit. You can create an original family design, paint your plate, then bake it to make the design last. Once that fun part is over, you now have a unique plate which can be used as a teaching tool--to help everyone in the family learn more about the fruits of the spirit as described in Galatians 5 (which are pre-printed around the plate) and to celebrate whenever a family member has been a blessing to someone else (can also be used to celebrate each family member's birthday).
THE STEPS FOR USING THE PLATE:
Step #1 - PARENTS SHOULD BE THE EXAMPLE: Our children are watching us and learning from us. This is how they learn what character (Christ's Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for parents to use as their moral compass.
Step #2 - BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Look for the good choices and attitudes your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues listed on the plate.
Step #3 - CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER: When you catch someone making good choices and showing good character, present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE that evening at mealtime. Talk about the good choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific about how they were a blessing). Talk about how their actions were POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL because of the impact they made in someone's life.
I am gifting this to my son, daughter-in-law and one-year-old grandson, with the hope it will get YEARS of use in their home and be a huge blessing for all of them.
You can visit their site to order your own kit: https://honorplate.com/products/honor-plate
TABLE THYME DISCUSSION CARDS
This set of questions are great conversation starters and make it easy to include adults as well as children. We used them during our recent Thanksgiving dinner, and plan to include them as part of every future family dinner as well.
Every question is followed up with "Why?" to take everyone's answers to a deeper more intimate level. That's where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as..."What is your favorite dessert?" for example, rather than someone answering "Apple Pie" and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit." Her house always smelled of freshly baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door."
Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships. When we raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.
To order the cards, visit here: https://honorplate.com/products/table-thyme-cards