Packing Boxes for Operation Christmas Child
Last Friday Mothers of Preschoolers got together and packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child. I found out today that all boxes from Hawaii are going to Nepal. So, some Naplese child is going to be really confused when he opens my box and sees that he got rubber slippers. Oh well, hopefully he can find some use for them!
At our MOPS meeting today, we talked about holiday traditions. What we remember from our childhood and what we want to continue or begin with our own family. Nothing can come close to an authentic Stransky Family Christmas (no substitute for the real deal). But, this year, I am trying out Elf on a Shelf and I'm putting up a tree (although Mr A says he wants the tree in the office so the kids won't mess with it...or see it, for that matter...).
Posting these pictures, I began thinking that OCC is something I've done with my kids for two years and it's a tradition I would like to keep. Since it's my responsibility to set the tone, be the memory maker, oversee the implementation of holiday rituals, I would like to make sure that some of these are emphasising the 'giving' over the 'getting'. Charity is a value I believe in and want to pass on.