If you want to have a great Christmas, then GIVE a great Christmas!
In practically every town in the U.S.A, there are toy drives for needy children. These toy drives are sponsored by local charities, and often hosted by the local police, who set up a bin to collect brand new, unwrapped toys for donation. Can you imagine a Christmas without presents? Some kids don't have to imagine. That's how their Christmas is. But it doesn't have to be that way. YOU can make the difference.
Last weekend, my wife and I did some shopping at local stores, and we filled our bags with gifts for kids. It doesn't have to be expensive - there are wonderful toys, which kids love, that go for $9.99, $12.99, etc. There are princess-style tea sets, sticker & design sets, action figures, toy dinosaurs, and so many fun things. One thing to keep in mind: I don't recommend giving give that require batteries. Batteries can be quite expensive, and you don't want to give a family that is strapped yet another expense. And since the toys must be unwrapped, there's no way to attach the batteries to a toy that requires them.
We dropped off our bags of toys at the local police depot, and the police were very gracious and appreciative. Their logo says, "To serve and protect." This is the "service" part of that motto, and they truly give of themselves. Oh, how I wish I wish I could see the faces of the kids who get the gifts we picked out! But that's not our place. As creative people, we are fortunate in that we can always imagine their delight in our mind's eye - and know that we are blessed for having had this opportunity.
Won't you please consider doing the same?
Happy holidays everyone!