Christmas is the perfect time to remind your little ones of the importance of giving. Sharing one’s resources with others is a cornerstone for living in today’s globalized society.
While we can all be guilty of succumbing to the capitalist, materialistic side of the holiday season, children are naturally quite generous so, just a bit of gentle guidance can steer them into the right direction of enjoying Christmas and the spirit of giving.
True joy can come from giving – just try playing Elf By Stealth and you’ll know that you don’t have to be on the receiving end to have fun with this holiday tradition! To help get your family into a generous and giving frame of mind, we’ve put together this list of Christmas books about giving.
Story time is a great way to enjoy and connect with your children and, if you also happen to be teaching them about generosity at the same time, even better!
As we know, there are numerous Christmas stories (and TV specials) that help children understand the meaning behind all the fuss around Santa Claus and his elves. This year we want to focus on books about giving during Christmas time.
Christmas Books About Giving
This book sets out to teach kids about ways they can give themselves for Christmas, with gifts that don’t cost money and come straight from the heart. Adorable illustrations and fun and meaningful lessons to be learned, there’s a lot to love about this ‘little book’.
This is the seventh book in the Howard B. Wigglebottom series, and in this story, Howard learns the joy of giving and to value real things instead of stuff. Definitely a book about giving to consider, especially if your family are already fans of Howard B. Wigglebottom.
Rhyming text and colorful pictures combine in this Christmas story about a princess who wants a unicorn for Christmas.
We learn of the lengths her parents will go to to make her happy and, along the way, both the audience and the princess learn an important lesson.
Learn about the legend of St. Nicholas in this captivating picture book that helps to teach children about the tradition of giving gifts at Christmas time.
A word of warning though, this is a Christian based book teaching that St Nicholas began giving out gifts to remind people about Jesus Christ. So, if that’s not your thing, this one might not be the one for you.
Here at Elf By Stealth we’re all about sharing the Christmas spirit and spreading joy and kindness, so it’s no surprise that this book about Cami Kangaroo (and Wyatt Too), made our list of Christmas books about giving.
Full of magical Christmas moments, this book follows along as Cami and Wyatt meet their new neighbors and discover the true meaning of Christmas. Fun for all the family!
This is a great children’s book to get into the true Christmas spirit! We learn about giving amazing gifts that aren’t just ordinary gifts but gifts with the power to spread kindness!
Join a little spot (such a cute character!) as he walks you through all the amazing gifts that every single one of us can give to help make our world a better place!
Introduce your family to Secret Santas this Christmas to help them learn the true joy of giving. Similar to playing Elf By Stealth, these ‘Secret Santas’ are an elite team of extra-good children who help Santa spread holiday cheer.
Another rhyming and gorgeously illustrated book, this story helps children to understand that the holiday season is about sharing and giving and helps to teach important lessons about gratitude, empathy, and generosity.
A word of warning though, every child who reads this book will want to become a part of Santa’s secret team and spend their time spreading holiday cheer around the world!
Secret Santas is sure to be a family favorite for many holiday seasons to come and is definitely warranted in earning a place in our list of Christmas books about giving.
An adorable story about a boy who helps Santa save Christmas, this book takes the reader on a journey through understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.
The whole family will enjoy this story while learning that small acts of kindness can be so impactful.
There are so many adorable Christmas picture books around and any could be used to make your own Christmas book advent calendar. But, if you’re really looking for Christmas books about giving, then the books listed above are a great place to start.
Of course, if you want to teach your children that joy comes from giving, then one of the best ways is to get them involved in a game of Elf By Stealth! They’ll have so much fun coming up with ideas of who to deliver their elves to and finding sneaky, stealthy ways so they don’t get caught!
Delivering an elf to someone is the classic way to spread Christmas joy without any recognition, thanks or praise. That way you know that you have done it purely because giving feels good! If you’d like to try Elf By Stealth you can find out how to play here and find an elf to play with here.