♫ On the First Day of Giving,
The kids helped me,
Empty the house,
Of all our frivolities. ♫
I want my children to not only know but experience the concept of “it is better to give than to receive.” We are giving back this year. Giving back to friends, family, and community.
The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is “Giving Tuesday.” It’s a global day of giving back and one of the best way to get involved is in your own community.
This year, we’ve decided as a family that we’re not just doing one day of giving this Christmas season, but twelve and the reason I’m writing this is to challenge you to do the same. Email your local food bank or charity organization and find out how you can get involved in giving. Some of them allow families with young children to participate, but even if you can’t find one that does you can still help out.
You can do simple things like have the kids write letters to those who need encouragement this time of year, pick up trash at the park, bake cookies and deliver them to the police station or fire department.
With less focus on self and more focus on others, we hope to share a bit of the Christmas spirit with which we have been blessed. We don’t really own anything, but are stewards of the things God has given us. We have unique gifts and talents that we can share with those around us.
As our first act of giving, my husband and I spent several days going through the house gathering up things we could donate. We ended up with 6 bags full, some furniture and a lot less burden. Not only is this giving good for others, but good for us. Others get to have something they need and we get some free space back.
The kids even got into the act and went through their room and filled a bag or two with toys, books, stuffed animals, and games that would otherwise litter the floor.
We took and organized the remaining toys and put them up in their closet for rotating through every few months. No more landmines on the floor as I try to cross the room or in my bed waking me up at night when I roll onto it!
Sharing what we have strengthens our community, our family, and ourselves. Passing this trait on to our children keeps the spirit of kindness and hospitality alive in all of us. Follow me for the Twelve Days of Selfless Christmas to see what else we can all do to give back.