What to do for Christmas?

Lisa - posted on 12/01/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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So I sit here and realize that we are in the month of December. It's Christmas season and I have 2 wonderful children who deserve the world but I can't even get them a tree for Christmas. I have been struggling like many others, I couldn't afford my rent so we were $5000 behind, because I needed to make sure there was food in the fridge. I work full-time, and I am a full-time mother. I am trying to teach my children morals, respect, and help them grow into bright adults. It's tough!!! I can sit here and give ou a sob story about how tough life has been for us, the deaths, the separations and so on.. But I won't. Instead of celebrating Christmas the way we usually do, I am going to have my family do some volunteer work at a homeless shelter for children and families. We will do something special for families that are less fortunate than us... So I write this to give others hope and ideas.. I feel this will teach my little family that materials items are replaceable, but love and helping others isn't. Merry Christmas all...

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Ev - posted on 12/01/2013

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I have to applaud you on doing something like this. There is always someone a bit worse off than some of the rest of us are and they need that little boost during holiday times. And you do know the saying, "What goes around, comes around." I have a feeling that if you do this and also teach the kids something at the same time that you will get something in return. Not so much as presents or material goods, but someone just might say something that makes your day or even do something nice for you too. That is the real idea behind the holiday is to think of others over self. It has become so commercialized in recent decades with people worried about getting that Black Friday deal or getting the perfect present for every person on their lists. That is not what Christmas is about. For those that celebrate in the Christian world, its about the babe born that night who would later give his life for the rest of the sinners of the world. For others, it is about families and friends and those less fortunate than they are. And for others still, its whatever reason its about. For me and my son, its not about the gifts so much as it is about us being together with family and friends who mean the world to us. This year is the first year since my divorce over 11 years ago that I have been in a position to do a bit more than I could do normally. I am by no means wealthy but I have some funds I can not worry about spending. The lesson this year enfolds two stockings that we each are to fill for each other. The items are to be simple things such as a favorite snack or other types of items. We will open the stockings on Christmas morning. The idea is so he can see what his own grandparents might have had on Christmas day. The point of the lesson is not so much the gifts but that it comes from the heart. I just hope someone reads this and finds it to be just as good an idea.

S - posted on 12/01/2013

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I'm behind you on that this is my sons first Christmas and not able to do anything for Christmas so instead we will celebrate it another time and be thankful for every little thing ...now about

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