Christmas as a kid is all about the presents they receive, who am I kidding adults like their gifts too. There is something to be said about someone giving you something wrapped in festive holiday wrapping with a pretty bow. Sometimes it’s not even about what is actually in the package you receive, but more about that feeling you get knowing someone thought about you enough to buy you something.
Throughout the year my husband and I like to do random acts of kindness for complete strangers. We find the gesture doesn’t have to be big to make a difference in someone’s life, it really could be anything from paying for the groceries for the person behind us in line to helping someone load something heavy in their car. We do these things because they really don’t take a lot of effort on our part, but can make someone else smile.
The act of giving to others is a value we like to instill in our children, even our young ones. During the holidays we have each one of them pick out a toy (they almost always pick out something they want themselves) and donate it to the Toys for Tots. At first getting them to understand they weren’t keeping the toy was tough, However the kids seem to find some joy in being able to put the toy they chose into the barrels.