Holiday Gift-Giving Verse

Little boy reading a book about animals
Child reading a book about animals
Child looking at the cover of a book about orangutans
Child reading about animals

Our holiday gift giving verse is slightly different from the original one you’ll find floating around the internet:

  • Something you want
  • Something you need
  • Something to give
  • Something to read

The third line often reads, “Something to wear” but I find between the blessing of hand-me-downs and the love of grandparents, my children’s closets are too full. Our third line is about the true spirit of Christmas- giving. During the lead up to Christmas, the children go through a wide assortment of charitable pamphlets from WWF to Greenpeace to Oxfam to local charities and hospitals as well. They choose a charity that resonates with them and we make a donation. The Oxfam Unwrapped program is especially interesting for younger children as they can see photos of a cow or a flock of chickens that will go to a family in need and this makes the experience a bit more tangible for them.


  1. Avatar katie on November 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Meagan, this is a lovely idea. I think I’ll have to steal it and use it with my family.. I remember back last Christmas you did a post about what family traditions you do in the lead up to Christmas. I’m wanting to start my own family advent traditions, but i couldn’t find your post to refer to it.. anything special your happy to share again would be wonderful.

  2. Avatar Meagan on November 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Thanks Katie,

    I am working on an advent post right now… just need to get it in action. xo m.

  3. Avatar talik on November 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Meagan, any updates on the advent post? xx

  4. Avatar Meagan on November 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Talik, There is the advent post here:

    But this year I won’t really have any changes or updates as we are preparing for a move overseas that falls right at the end of the holidays. This year I am replying totally on our usual traditions and not adding anything new to the mix. Keeping it very simple. Much love. Meagan.

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