Well, by now you need to face the fact that Christmas/Festive season is upon us and there is no escaping it. I know, it was July just the other day, the days are long but the months are short.
There are twinkling lights every where you look; Christmas carols playing in the grocery stores and your list of Christmas buys seems to be growing by the day.
We somehow always end up spending a lot more money over this time of year, and if you drive a strict budget like I do… it can get overwhelming between everything you think you need and the things that are actually important.
The stores don’t help either; they entice you, they play to your weaknesses and if you actually face them during this time of the year – you will probably need a foot rub and a hour long bubble bath to re-stress afterwards.
Then there’s the worry about the safety in the shops, its crowded and if you have to take your kids along, then your job is even harder… you feel like you need 10 eyes and 6 hands.
But while we get caught up in the festive rush and try to keep our heads about us, my thoughts always wonder to those less fortunate. Those without families, without food and without homes. There are way to many to help everyone but I always feel for the kids, they didn’t ask for this life and I’m certain they didn’t choose it.
If you feel the same way as I do… there are a few small things you can do to help.
- East Coast Radio & Game – Toy Story
This is a great incentive, we are all bound to go into a Game store at least once between now and Christmas. All you have to do is pick up a new toy (whatever fits into your budget) and once you have paid, you drop it into the box at the entrance. That little teacup set or puzzle – will bring so much joy to a child that might have never had a new toy. Spread the joy for those you might not have any. We donated some toys this past weekend, I wanted to snap a pic of Connor dropping them in the box to share, but we decided it probably wasn’t safe as his toddler tendencies might of just thrown a tantrum because he wanted to keep the toys! So we chose to avoid any potential drama.
Click here for more information about East Coast Radio Toy Story!
- Christmas Advent Box
This is something I am going to try for the first time this year, every day that I give my Connor bean his little chocolate from his Advent calendar, I am going to be donating something from my pantry/home into a box. Then drop it off at a children’s home or family in need, just before Christmas. I know the goods will be welcomed with open arms and you get a little reminder of the reason for the season. Will keep you posted on how it goes….
- Filter through your current toys and clothes, to make room for all the new things
This is a great way to help those less fortunate and make room for all the new incoming stock… toys and clothes are both easily out grown as our kids go through different stages and often they are still in relatively good condition. Remember the say “Someone else’s junks is another mans treasure”. You can drop them off at a children’s home or donate them to your Church. Whichever floats you boat, but I promise you will feel a special sense of joy when you unused/unwanted goods, are received with such gratitude.
I would love to hear what little things you are doing this year to give back over the silly season?