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Although it’s only been a few weeks since we “unboxed” him- Brownie, our new Elf Pet, has certainly become part of our family. He’s been really busy playing by day and keeping the spirit of Christmas in his barrel safe by night!
The kids have taken turns sleeping with him every night. They make sure to give him extra snuggles when it is their turn and *gasp* haven’t had a single fight about who is going to keep him when it’s time for the other sibling to have him. They have also been very curious about other ways to create Christmas magic for Brownie to keep in his little barrel. We’ve had plenty of opportunities over the last few weeks to spread some love to others and teach our kids the importance of helping those in need and keeping the spirit of Christmas alive.
My daughter’s school started their annual food drive last week. The students have worked hard gathering food items to share with the community and each class had a certain list of items they could bring. I wanted my youngest to really understand that we were providing food to another family in need so I let him pick a few of his favorite items out of our own pantry to give. He choose a few mac and cheese boxes and fruit snacks- his options were a little limited due to the fact that most of the food/boxes in our pantry had been opened! My daughter then helped me select several more items at the store and packed everything in a bag for her to take to school. She said she got to hang a turkey feather in the hallway for bringing food in and Brownie would have been so proud to see it. Jack also did his part at the store by putting some change into the Children’s Hospital of Philly donation box.
Our church has been collecting toy items for a fantastic organization called Young Moms that helps provide support to teen mothers navigating the tough challenges of both adolescence and motherhood. The moms earn “Young Mom Bucks” for participating in meeting and other activities through out the year and, before Christmas, cash in their bucks for items to make their family’s Christmas special. My kids were so excited to pick out a few toys for the families in need and it really warmed my heart to see the enthusiasm they had for the toy drive.
PS- can we talk about her outfit for a second? Talk about choosing our battles- she has on patterned leggings, a patterned sleeveless dress, an active hoodie, a fuzzy jacket and boots. We were running late to church and she came down dressed like that. I was thisclose to saying something and then thought “well, I need to keep the spirit of Christmas AND my sanity alive so…let’s go”. Ha!
In honor of National Giving Day on Tuesday, November 29th- we would love to see how your family plans to give back to your communities. Whether you volunteer your time, donate an item or complete a random act of kindness, we’d love to hear how you are spreading the Christmas cheer. Please leave a comment to help inspire us and others to give back this holiday season. I know my kids want Brownie’s barrel absolutely bursting at the seams when Christmas comes around!