In the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I plan to post over the next several weeks about some of our traditions. We are a relatively young family (our oldest just turned 7), so our traditions are still developing. I treasure the traditions we have for the family time they encourage and for the memories they stir of past holidays.
The first tradition I'd like to share this year is Operation Christmas Child. This tradition began for our family early in our marriage. I was first introduced to the project through the school where I was teaching. We have been involved in not only the filling of shoe boxes for children around the world, but we have volunteered for several years at processing centers in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.
More than ten years after our first shoe box, we are still participating in this project and are enjoying sharing it with our kiddos.
It's always so much fun to watch the kiddos as they work, listening to them talk about the children who will receive the boxes, and seeing the joy in their faces.
This year I separated the items we had purchased into two groups and let the kiddos pack their own boxes. I giggled when I saw their different personalities displayed in the way they worked.
Our daughter was slow and methodical, making sure to neatly organize as she packed.
Our son just threw it in the box any old way and tried to cram the lid shut. He did all of this as quickly as possible so he could get back to playing with his toys.
Guess which one I had to repack before taking it to the church?
If you've never heard of Operation Christmas Child, I encourage you to follow the links I've provided and learn more. I hope perhaps your family will get involved in sending material joy and spiritual news to children in desperate situations around the world.
What holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas) traditions does your family have that involves helping others?