As I shared on Monday, this holiday season I will be highlighting some ways to actively combat the “me, me, me!” syndrome that seems to infect our culture this time of year. If you missed Monday’s post, I would encourage you to check out the opportunity to provide clean water for people in Rwanda.
Although our household is under a strict “no Christmas movies, decorations, or music until after Thanksgiving” policy (except maybe my Pandora station
accidently started playing the Nutcracker station last night)…
There is one Christmas tradition that comes early every year.
20 Christmas’ ago, my parents included my brother and I in packing a shoe box to be given as a Christmas gift to a child in need, through Operation Christmas Child. I don’t think I have ever missed a Christmas since then.
Packing a shoe box became as much a part of my Christmas traditions as decorating the tree and stuffing our stockings so full the stocking holder couldn’t hold them anymore (anyone else ever wonder why stocking holders, can’t actually sustain the weight of the stocking on the night you really need them too?)
thought think it was is so fun as a kid to imagine what this little boy or girl might need and enjoy and then put it in their shoe box. Operation Christmas Child also provides literature to tell the story of Jesus to every child who receives a shoe box.
If you haven’t established a Christmas tradition that cultivates a spirit of giving in your kiddos or yourself, can I encourage you to consider Operation Christmas Child? Children are so moldable and precious, when you take the opportunity to include them in giving and serving, it does make a lasting impact. I am so thankful for my parents not only telling me I should serve and give, but providing an opportunity for me to participate.
Collection of these shoe boxes is happening in your city next week from November 18-25.
Here is some great info about How to get Started!