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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

tis the season

It is the last day of November and I am still trying to wrap my brain around that.

I love this time of year, I really truly do.  From Thanksgiving through New Years Day I enjoy all the traditions and the special time with my family.  There is a magic in the air.

I have to admit though, it is always an emotional roller coaster for me.  The gratitude overflows but also, there is just so much STUFF everywhere I turn.  So much to buy, so much that I want for my family and loved ones and admittedly, for myself ...  so much so much SO MUCH.

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and all the emails flooding into my inbox about free shipping on this or 25% off of that make me feel excited and they also make me feel sick.

I want to teach my children to be thankful for all that we have and to be generous and kind and thoughtful of others.  Especially those in need.

It can be a hard lesson to get to sink in with 5 and 6 year old children.  We aren't quite at the point where volunteering at a soup kitchen is a great family activity just yet, but I look forward to the times we will do those kinds of things as a family.

A couple of years ago I took a cardboard box and named it "The Giving Box."  The kids and I decorated it and the idea behind it is that every day during the month of December each member of our family will put something in it to give to a family in need.  That includes Mommy and Daddy, too.


Each one of us puts toys, clothing, gadgets, housewares, etc in it, every day.  Things our family no longer needs or uses any more.  Things other families will enjoy, need and be grateful for.  When the box fills up, I transfer the items to large plastic bags and then we continue to fill the box.  By the end of the month I have a few plastic bags full and it is all ready to be donated to charity. 

What do you do to give back during this season?  How do you teach your children these valuable lessons? 

3 comments:

I Love your giving box idea! I am committed this year to only getting the kids 3 presents each. Kellie is old enough she gets it and Liam is young enough that he will learn that is the "norm" We will instead focus on our advent activities and spend quality time together doing cheesey crafts, baking, watching family holiday movies and just being together. (speaking of which, I need to get that plan going NOW!) We also find a family that is our size with close to same ages if not same and sponsor that family with food/gifts etc. I LOVE this time of the year!!!!

I love the giving box idea. What a great way to teach everyone in the family to give back to those less fortunate!

this is a wonderful idea...I think I will do that!
with my sons I make sure we take toys to Toys Drive in town, at their school they have several projects to help others and we participate as much as we can

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