“i reeeeally reeeeeeally want this!”
“please can i have that?”
“that’s all i get?!”
“why does she have more?”
the season of selfishness has hit our household. so i did all i can to combat it. i tell them the reason for christmas, that its not about you, but about Jesus – that He’s our gift.
i know they are still young, but that excuse has almost expired.
a few times a year we takes treats to some of the homeless folks in our community.
i decided NOW was the time. they needed to turn their selfish thinking into thinking of others.
so we sat down and made a list of all the items that would make good gifts:
we were able to gather/make all of those items minus the ponchos – none to be found around here!
we started by making scarves. we got a yard of fleece in both brown and blue (we picked out colors that wouldn’t show dirt easily).
then we cut each yard into 4 strips, then snipped the ends to make a little fringe – the easiest scarf ever! the kids did all the fringe snipping – the fleece is very forgiving.
we packed the scarves into a bag, along with gloves, a coffee gift card, a big bag of chocolate chip cookies, and a super adorable card made by gracie.
i gave her full freedom on what the cards looked like – she drew a little girl (that she copied from a older friend) with a tree and gifts on the outside, then grabbed her old awana book and copied a couple of her favorite verses inside. then we finished it off with a note, saying merry christmas, may God bless them and keep them warm this season.
everyone grabbed a couple bags and we headed downtown, where we always run across a handful of homeless people.
its always a little awkward. we have had to teach our kids not to yell, “look! there’s a homeless person!” we talked about a basic script that we would say, something like, “we made some gifts for you that we hope will keep you warm! merry christmas and God bless you!” but this time they seemed more comfortable and it was a little easier.
after handing out the first 3 bags to a group of men (by the way, we ALWAYS do this with my husband – safety first) the kids walked around the corner and were giddy! “did you see how big they smiled?!” they were loving it. they know that these people don’t get gifts like we do at christmas, that they don’t even get to be with their family most likely at christmas, that the little bit of time and money we spent meant a lot to them.
now let’s see how long that giving spirit lasts!