I love Christmas. I love the excitement that builds in my children counting down the sleeps, visiting Santa and taking a look at all the Christmas lights… Then the night before Christmas comes and even I cannot sleep waiting to see their little faces in the morning and the screams “He came” “He came”. And while Santa and lights and presents are all very exciting we also try to remember the spirit of Christmas.
This year we are not buying presents for the kids, (apart from a couple from Santa of course) and instead we asked them to pick out something for our sponsor child and his community in Kenya. Presents included lambs, goats, clean drinking water for a community, emergency medical supplies and even school pencils for only $5 (just to name a few). The four of us each chose something that we thought was important for our sponsor child’s community and we purchased it as gifts to each other. We let the kids choose something that was important to them and we did the same. Our little Miss chose two lambs and our son chose blankets to keep warm because he hates it when he is cold and thought our sponsor child and his family might hate it too. World Vision sent out cards thanking us for our gift and what it means to our sponsor child’s community, the cards are sitting in our Christmas tree as a reminder of how fortunate we are to be having a wonderful Christmas without hunger or disease.
In a time where children have everything and can have anything the spirit of Christmas can often be lost and while we do still partake in the magic of Santa and gift giving to our extended family, we as a family of four have decided that we will forego presents to each other so that we can help make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate and what better time than Christmas…
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