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How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

8 Ways to Make Food Shopping as a Parent More Bearable

No one is denying children aren’t the gift that keep on giving. But, as a parent, there are just some tasks in day to day adult life that shouldn’t be accompanied by kids. Namely the weekly food shop. Opening yourself up to a world of whining, potential tantrums and…

As a kid, it's hard to see the big, wide world outside your own tiny bubble of existence.  (Heck, it's not easy even as an adult sometimes!)  That's why I've made it my mission to try to teach my kids to help out people in need.  And one of my favorite holiday traditions for our family is to help fulfill the Christmas wish list of a child in need.

For the past five years, my twins and I have selected a boy and a girl from the elementary school's Sharing Committee who have provided a list of things he/she "needs" and "wants".  And every year, my husband and I sit our own kids down and explain to them that not every mom and dad is able to buy a bunch of presents at Christmas.  We remind them that we are not the richest, nor are we the poorest of their friends,  but we can certainly do what we can to make someone's holiday a little brighter.

So as a family, we all pile into the car and head to Target on a very special shopping excursion.  Sure, my kids often get distracted by all the flashing/talking/blinking toys that they want for themselves, but in the end, we come home with a bundle of goodies for somebody else's kids that have been hand-picked by both my daughter and my son.  It amazes me every time how involved they get with the selection process of the gifts!

Now, I don't know for sure how meaningful this tradition is to them just yet, but for me, it is the true meaning of Christmas.  I look so forward to creating this memory each and every year.  And I only hope and pray that my kids CHOOSE to do it with their own families one day....

 

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