25 Days of Christmas: Day 4

The Plan:

Christmas is a Season of Giving… just as God first gave His son to us.  To be born among us as a baby.  To grow up and walk with us and live life just like us.  Ultimately to give his life as a sacrifice for our sins and to rise from the grave and conquer death, so we could live eternally with our loving, holy Creator.

Just like that first Christmas, we seek ways to give to others at Christmastime.  We give our time to ring bells outside of department stores.  We give our money to charities.  We give gifts to friends, families, and those in need.  So today we will give.

I really want to start the tradition of going through toys every Christmas and getting rid of the old to make room for the new.  So we will begin today.  I’ve wrapped up a large bag for her to open that says “Habitat Restore” on it.  When she opens the bag, I will explain to her that she will be getting new toys for Christmas, but first she needs to gather up old toys that she doesn’t play with anymore.  We will go through them together and think of other children who might enjoy them.  Then together we will donate them to the “Habitat ReStore” (our favorite thrift shop).  We like this shop because all of their items are sold at very very low, affordable prices.  Almost all of the employees are volunteers.  And all of the proceeds go to support our local Habitat for Humanity.  It’s the best way we can find to share our gently-used things with others who may need them.

The Reality:

Are you kidding me?  We were gone from 8:30am until 1:30pm when we finally made it home to eat lunch.  The pickle was sick.  I was fretting about a custom Sweet P’s order.  The hubs was coming home early and I wasn’t hungry.  The house was a disaster.  And there was no way I was going into town again to go to the Habitat Restore… let alone going through the Pickle’s disastrous closet to fight with her over toys she hasn’t touched in two years.

In other words.  We didn’t open the gift today.

We opened it on the 5th.  And suffice it to say she was a LITTLE disappointed when she opened up a trash bag.

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