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We go thru Krystle's toys each year in early Dec. Throw away anything broken but anything that is in good repair we wash well then wrap up. Then after getting toys from my brothers kids we call the local hospital and/or depending on how many toys we have the local social services office and make arrangements to donate them to sick and/or needy children. We have been doing this since Krystle was 4 and it is a activity we all enjoy.
Our children only get three gifts from us, a pair of pajamas to open on Christmas Eve, and then two other gifts on Christmas morning. Why because even though I am not Christian, we do teach them about the Christian faith, and since Baby Jesus only got 3 gifts for his Birthday so do our children to celebrate it.
Oh and we also teach our children about the origins of Christian Christmas and the meaning of Yule.
Honestly, I have no idea. Danny doesn't get a lot of gifts from us because we have a huge family. We have a budget for each person, so ...
I will have Danny homemake all his Christmas gifts to family and friends once he is old enough to do so. A homemade gift from the heart is always better than something store bought, in my opinion. I will also enforce thank you notes and appreciation.
One day when we get some more money, I would love to donate to Toys for Tots. It's such a wonderful thing to do!
Our school collects for "operation shoebox", we put together 3 shoeboxes this year, with toys and soap and toothpaste and such. The older 2 girls used some of their own money to buy stuff for the boxes.
I bring the kids to the $1 store with their lists, and they do their own shopping. They put such care into the gifts they choose.
This year we're also making gifts for all their aunts and uncles, who are so generous with them. I ordered the crafts from Oriental Trading: $3.95 per dozen, so I ordered 3 dozen (I have kind of a large family) I figure we'll do it either on a snow day before Christmas or during that last week.
We make goodie bags for their classmates. (Again, Oriental trading) Not because I particularly think their friends need the gifts, but because I like getting them excited about putting the goody bags together. We have lots of fun doing it.
Our church has a gift program. Families in need submit their wish lists, and you provide a gift. We'll pick 2 or three.
On Christmas Eve, we stop at the local fire house and police station with a tray of wrapped candies as a Thank You. We started the Christmas after 9/11-- many of those guys went into Manhattan to help-- so that one's close to my heart.
WIFE TO PETER
MOM TO BRIAN (6-18-98)
Originally posted by I Heart 4x4@Nov 5 2004, 12:29 PM I will also enforce thank you notes and appreciation.
Ditto on this. I am such a stickler for writing thank you notes, especially to family. I write thank you notes for everything that we are given as a gift. I have two nieces who have never, ever thanked us for a gift we have given them. They are 4 and 5. They are old enough to learn to say thank you for a gift...they could draw us a picture and send it to say thank you!!! Since we never feel like our gifts are appreciated, we have stopped getting excited about getting them birthday and Christmas gifts. We have stopped really putting much effort into the gifts they do get from us. I know that the parents would have to send the thank you, but if no one is grateful for the gifts, I lose interest in buying them things.
So, I guess my answer to the poll (after my long rant) is that I want to be able to instill gratitude in my child. To be thankful for what she has and to help out others in need in anyway that we can.