11 weeks until Christmas. Are you team wait until 12/23 to start shopping for your loved ones in a panicked frenzy? Team begin shopping early and have completed by October? Or a mix of the two?
My biggest pet peeves during the holiday – pictures on social media of piles of gifts and the never ending question of “What did you get this year?” For me, the emphasis has never been on material items and I love encouraging my kids to find joy from the traditions and time not what is under the tree.
A holiday tradition that my mom started when I was a kid was giving my sister and I a book each year with a handwritten note in it. Every year we read the old books and the new book together before bed as a kick off to the holiday season. I have continued that tradition with my boys. My mom always incorporated something from the year into the book selection (i.e. The year we went to the Nutcracker we received that book along with a note about how special it was to go with us and watch our eyes light up with delight). This year, i have an exciting new book to include, The Giving Sack and I want to share with you!
This is not just any book though – its an experience and it makes my heart so very happy. Most of you know that I am social worker, so giving back and helping those less fortunate is what I have devoted my working life to do. The idea behind The Giving Sack is to encourage your children to give back to others. It is simple enough for even the youngest of children to understand.
The message is simple – there are others who may not be as fortunate so you will fill the sack and sit on your porch for Santa to come and gather before taking back to the North Pole to repair and deliver to others. It encourages your children to find value and meaning on helping others. The Giving Sack is the perfect conversation starter for children and adults alike.
These instructions are vague on purpose. Execute this simple set of instructions and adapt for what works best for your family.
- Before the holiday season read the story with your child, and give them the enclosed sack.
- Allow them to fill it with whatever toys they deem fit for donation.
- Secure sack and place it outside.
- Once your child is peacefully asleep, checkout the donation sack to ensure the toys are gently used and suitable for donation. Discard unfit toys, clean up fit toys and place them back in the sack or in a separate bag for the actual donation.
- Drop off the sack/bag at any local donation center. Be sure to check with local churches, daycares or families that may be directly in need.
- Hide the sack away for next year.
- Praise your child for their generosity, and have them share their experience with others.
- Finally, you can sit back and smile, knowing that you are guiding your child along a path of kindness and generosity.
Santa writes my boys a letter each year (another tradition I am continuing from my mom) sharing things that happened that year that he watched, things he is proud of them for, and hopes he has for next year. This year, Santa will make sure to include how proud he is that they used the sack to fill with toys.
It is never too late to start a new tradition. Instead of spending countless hours worrying about what toy will bring your child joy, or planning the next location of your Elf on the Shelf, instead find it in your heart to purchase The Giving Sack and make the world a better and kinder place to be.
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**This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.