One thing that is really near to my heart is having a generous spirit. As advent approaches, the season of giving comes to fruition. As we all know, our giving shouldn't only be at this time of year but, we all know this time is special. As Tomie DePaula's Strega Nona says, "Christmas has its own magic."
When I was reading a book about the Strong Willed Child one of the things they said was that it really helps this kind of child to think outside themselves was to involve them with charity work. I think this hit home for me because ever since I was little, I've loved helping those who needed help. In my family, I'm the odd one out who actually gives donations to charities as part of Christmas gifts. I'm just weird like that. So I want to start giving to others early with my kiddos. Last year we did Angel Tree, and this year I would like to add one more thing the boys can tangibly see as helping someone that needs help. I was thinking Toys for Tots or Operation Christmas Child. I honestly like the idea of the latter better because it goes along with what I think of Christmas giving, necessity and fun and personalization with Jesus at the center not just random stuff. Toys for Tots though, is good in its own sense though as it helps people in your own community experience a little joy. So both have their benefits. I'm not sure what we will do, Operation Christmas Child has to be done by Monday, so if we do this one, it will be within the next few days. I would like to do it though, so we will see if we can squeeze it in over the weekend.
So what are your favorite ways or charities that you involve your kids during advent/Christmas time?