The spirit of giving

I start a Christmas tradition early in our house. Start, meaning that I start prepping my kids for what’s to come.

2 years ago I started taking Jake to the toy store to pick out a special toy for a little boy who didn’t have any toys. We don’t know this little boy, but the Toys for Tots program knows him and many like him. It’s very sad to think that there are kids out there with very little to play with, when my kids have so much. We then bring the toy personally to the marines and receive a heart felt thanks. At which point, we thank the marine for bringing the toy to the little boy.

This year we will do it with both kids. Since my three-year old is old enough to really understand, I explained the whole premise to him. I am always blown away by the empathy and thoughtfulness that my son has deep inside him. He looks at me and so seriously says:

“Mama, it’s not fair that the boy doesn’t have many toys. I am going to buy him a train set and make him happy”.

In all of our conversations, I have never mentioned fairness – not once. He pieced that together himself, a sentiment straight from the heart.

And that, my friends, is the spirit of giving. May you be as blessed as I am.

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