Such a fun Christmas Play!
I still remember being eight and hearing Santa’s sleigh bells on our rooftop. I was shivering, but ran to the window to see if I could see him! Although I looked all over, I couldn’t get a peek. I went back to bed so thrilled that I had heard Santa Claus!
Years later, as an adult, I watched my father take a set of jingle bells and climb up on the roof to shake them. I started to laugh—it was so cold and late! I said, dad, what are you doing?? He replied that he was letting grandchildren know Santa was coming.
What an awesome memory. What an awesome Dad.
I really had such a nice childhood and Holiday Traditions are a big part of who I am. As Christmas rolls around, I love to pull out “our” traditions and share everything with my children.
Some of my favorite traditions include:
- Participating in a Toys for Children Drive or Angel tree ~ over the years, we have participated in things like this. Often, it is through church or my husband’s workplace. We like to really get the kids involved and let them pick a family or child to help and pray for that family and/or child throughout the season.
- Setting up the Tree Day ~ on this day, after church, we will all come home and get the tree up, decorate it and decorate the house as a family. Afterwards, we will have treats and hot chocolate, while watching a Christmas movie. For the last few years, the movie has been Elf!
- Participating in a Church Christmas Play or Choir Event ~ this year, two daughters each participated in a special event. This is a good opportunity to spend time together, and get dressed up and have a late night.
- We really like to do the Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Drive ~ our kids love each doing one special box for a child.
- Singing carols at Church
- Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and working in a food pantry
- Celebrating Advent with the candles and a little reading each evening after dinner as a family.
- Going to Christmas Eve or Christmas Service at Church and having a big family feast late on Christmas Day!
Now, I wish I could say that I am a perfect wife and mom, and every year I get all these things done flawlessly. But that would be a lie! Haha.
No, each year I have had different successes and failures. Some years, we have been hard pressed just to get presents for my own children, rather than being able to give. Other years, we have been blessed and had the time and resources to share with others. Lately, though, when i think I am too busy, I remember this that happened:
One year, we had an elderly woman who lived across the street. I knew she was often alone and I remember noting that no one came to visit her on Thanksgiving, but she was home. I thought about bringing over a plate of food, but never got around to it. The next year, I saw her again the day before Thanksgiving. This year, I made up a big plate of food and sent my boys over to bring it to her. They rang the bell and knocked, to no answer.
Later that night, we noticed cars at her house and then an ambulance. Apparently she had died! I was shocked and so sorry I hadn’t tried earlier to visit and share with her.
This experience really made an impression on me.
I think, sometimes it is hard to add giving to others into an already jam packed schedule. And, if you have the time, do you have the money to give? Or, are you just shy (I am).
When I was younger, I did less for others. I felt overwhelmed just taking care of my family. I think there is definitely a time for everything. But now, as my children get older, I am so blessed to see them also taking part in giving to others. I love that.
I am glad that there are people and organizations that want to help make it easy to help others. I just heard about www.ChampionsforKids.org, and I am absolutely thrilled to be participating in a Champions for Kids Campaign!
So…What exactly is Champions for Kids?
This is a charitable organization with partners throughout many organizations with the goal of mobilizing millions of people by the year 2020 to improve the lives of children in America and beyond.
They have a wonderful network of willing helpers and resources and I really like their idea of getting people involved in “Simple Service Projects.” Each month, they have a special project and individuals can do one little thing, so that when everyone comes together, it makes a huge difference!
For the month of December, this Simple Service Project is the Disney Stocking Stuffer!! You can create a stocking for a child in need. My women’s group just completed our stocking campaign, so I called our youth group pastor and asked her what we could do. She was wonderful and found a family who could use some love for the holiday!
So, she and I and a small group of children from our church will be going shopping at Walmart to fill a special stocking and get some presents for a family she has chosen. I am so excited! I can’t wait to see how this all comes together, but I know every little thing does matter!
Want to do something, also?
Sign up today to join in the SIMPLE Service Project of the month!
Visit the Champions for Kids website to find out more, or see them on Facebook and Twitter (@champions4kids) .
PS: There will be Champions for Kids Twitter party on December 15th at 9:00 EST. Join us! #CBias, #DisneyCFK.
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