I love this time of year for so many reasons. Doesn't Christmas time just make you all happy inside? I love the music (I have had our Christmas CDs on repeat since Friday), I love the lights and decorations, I love all the yummy food, I love the reason for the season and I love the giving spirit people get. I love how people really suck it up and help people who are in need and help bring some Christmas cheer to kids who would otherwise not have any.
Ever since I can remember, my mom has never walked past a salvation bucket without putting money in. I have been more than happy to take on that tradition for myself. I know I complain about not having enough money sometimes but I know how truly blessed we are....we have a house, working vehicles, clothing, food and loads of love. There are way too many people out there that don't have any of those things, and it breaks my heart. Take the challenge...don't walk past a red bucket from now until Christmas without putting some money in it.
*If you are reading this, you're richer than over 80% of the world.
Each year our friends take their kids and have them pick out a game, toy, etc. that they would want for themselves and have them put it in the Toys for Tots bin. I can't wait to start this tradition with our kids this year. I know neither Alexa or Braden will really fully get it yet but I believe it is never to early to teach our kids to give to the less fortunate.
What else do you do to give this time of year?
I would love to hear some other ideas, traditions, charities out there. I think it would be great to work in a soup kitchen or something else with donating time as well but I have no idea how to find those things. Ideas?