At times, I'm guilty of being a class A complainer and sounding like a spoiled brat. I was guilty of it yesterday morning while complaining about my insomnia to a mommy friend in the school parking lot. When you look at the big picture, I've got NOTHING to complain about. It's so easy to lose sight of how much we have to be thankful for. Of course, it's so important to teach our children to be thankful for all that they have and that other kids aren't so fortunate. However, that lesson can be a tough one, especially when you live in Suburbia and your kids have never imagined not having everything they need and want. I think the best way to remind ourselves and to teach our children is to give to those who are in need.
Christmas is the perfect time to do just that.
We choose two kids from the Angel Tree at Gwynn's every year. Their giving program is called "Christmas Commandos."
We take my stepdaughters (and now, Baby Girl too) to buy the gifts and talk about how these are probably the only Christmas presents the children will be receiving. It breaks my heart to read that these kids want necessities like clothing, shoes, and school supplies for Christmas. They come from families who have lost one or both parents and are living with relatives. It's a true reality check to pick out the kids from the Angel Tree and to read their sad stories. Bring the Kleenex!
It's a nice tradition to have with our family because it teaches an essential lesson while helping others.
What are your Christmas traditions?
Do you participate in an Angel Tree?