The Championship Fathering blog by Carey Casey
Admit it, dad. You like giving Christmas gifts to your kids. Here’s a hilarious memory from my youth about this:
Sure enough, on Christmas morning Corwin unwrapped that heavy package and there was a big split on one side of the box. We just grinned at each other.
Did you ever go through similar things as a kid? Did you search the house for where your gifts were hidden? Maybe under the bed or tucked away in a closet? I can remember, years later, being out in the garage putting together bikes for my kids, and then wheeling them in and setting them up next to the tree. It was so exciting even for me!
Don’t get me wrong; the holidays are really not about the weight set or the bikes or whatever other gifts our kids receive. That’s just stuff that wears out eventually. But we also can’t deny that giving gifts to our children at Christmas is fun for dads. That’s why we spend hours putting together bikes, train sets, or playhouses. Even if we can’t make sense of the 20-page instructions.
And dad, that’s probably why you will help find something special for your children. Even if they aren’t expensive, those gifts do help bring joy to our holidays—when we receive them, and even more when we give them.
Enjoy it, dad. Be merry!
Do you have stories from your childhood of searching for the gifts you were going to receive? Or surprising your kids in some memorable way? Please share either below or at our Facebook page.
Carey Casey is the CEO of the National Center for Fathering (NCF), as well as a husband, father, and grandfather. He is author of Championship Fathering, co-author of It’s Great Being a Dad, and general editor of The 21-Day Dad’s Challenge. See more about Carey here.
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