Does anyone else get super excited about the holidays? I know I do! For me, it’s about giving and being around loved ones. One thing that I have done and will continue to do is give back to the Salvation Army. Growing up, the only way that I was able to have a great, memorable Christmas was because of the Salvation Army and the wonderful people who donated to ensure that children in need did not go without.
Travis and I are both adamant about not only teaching, but showing our boys how to serve and give back to the less fortunate. Philippians 3:17 states, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” I don’t think that as parents, we can fully understand the amount of influence we have over our children. I have been noticing that my two year old will watch and sometimes try to imitate everything we do. Although I think that it is adorable, it also made me realize that God entrusted us with raising these two young boys and we are their first role models.
We have decided that we are going to allow our boys to adopt angels from the Salvation Army so that we can provide a Christmas for underprivileged children. I am just so tickled about this and I cannot wait for our boys to partake in something that just means so much to me. I pray that this is something that will be etched in their hearts and they will then be able to carry on the tradition with their children to come. As Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Have you created your 2017 Christmas Bucket List yet? This is the first year that I have done something like this, but with a hubby and two kids, I feel like it is necessary to have some sort of structure in my life.
Please take a look at my 2017 Christmas Bucket List so that you can get some ideas on what to do with your loved ones during this holiday season. I will continue to update this post as we cross each item off of our bucket list. Prayerfully, we will be able to cross everything off of the list before Christmas.
2017 Christmas Bucket List
Set up tree and decorate Take Christmas family photos Pictures with Santa Purchase Christmas cards Mail out Christmas cards
Bake Christmas cookies
Wear Christmas pajamas
Adopt angels from the Salvation Army Purchase gifts for Salvation Army angel
Donate old toys
Write a letter to Santa
Drink Egg Nog
Visit Great Grandma
Visit Christmas Town Random acts of kindness Surprise friends
Bake cookies with Grandma
Attend local Christmas events/light shows
In the meantime, let’s think about all that we are thankful for. The holidays do a good job in reminding me of how fortunate I am to have a loving, caring family. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Back to Raising. XOXO.