Needs vs. Wants this Christmas Season

Even if your child is relatively good about not constantly asking for new things, it is good for all of us to know the difference between our “needs” and “wants”. “Needs” are the things that we rely on to live (comfortably). “Wants” are not essential to our life, health, or hygiene; they are just things we would like to have. No matter how much or how little we have, everyone wrestles with this issue (adults included).  With all the poverty and suffering around the world, surprisingly, many children still do not have a realistic perspective on what we should feel entitled to.  From a Christian perspective, we not only shouldn’t encourage greed, but we must use God’s gifts wisely and think of others’ needs.  This can be a harsh reality if a child is not taught at an early age the differences between needs and wants.  We are talking about needs and wants in class throughout the month of December in Kindergarten.  We discussed what babies need and what the conditions were like for baby Jesus when he was born.


We are also collecting supplies this December to give to St. Jude House in Crown Point.  St. Jude House serves as a safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their dependent children.  They offer support to victims as they pursue violence-free lives.  Nearly 500 adults and children come to St. Jude House seeking safety and peace every year.

It is so easy for all of us, but perhaps children the most, to get caught up in wanting during this time of year.  It is never too early to learn that it is greater, and more of a blessing, to give than to receive.  We are hoping that our children learn not only the difference between needs and wants, but the desire and joy to love and serve, as Jesus put it, the least of these.

Mrs. Betsy Zimmer

Kindergarten (5 day)

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