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Christmas from the Heart

Christmas from the Heart
Do you love the allure of the holiday season, but often find yourself lost in the hustle and bustle? Well, you are NOT alone. These days, we are so bombarded by circulars, advertisements, and sales that it is easy to forget that Christmas is about much more than gifts under the tree. This season, share a true spirit of giving with your kids. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Gifts for Those in Need

Every child deserves to celebrate the Christmas season, but the holidays can be tough for those who can’t afford even a single toy. Help your kids embrace the true spirit of giving by letting them pick out a special toy to donate to those less fortunate. Toys for Tots (http://www.toysfortots.org/) is a wonderful program that gives toys to children of families who are experiencing financial hardships. Let your kids experience the joy of helping to bring smiles to the faces of others by donating a toy at one of the numerous collection centers across the country.

Another great idea is to encourage children to donate one of their own toys. Organizations like the Christmas Toy Shop (http://www.christmastoyshop.org/) have amazing volunteers that give gently used toys tender loving care preparing them to pass on to another deserving child. Remember how Woody passed his beloved toys to Bonnie in Toy Story 3? Imagine the joy these simple actions will bring to children across the world.

Donating food or funds to a local food bank is another wonderful way to give back during the holidays and indeed, year round. If you don’t know where your local food pantry is located, a quick visit to sites like http://www.foodpantries.org/ and http://feedingamerica.org/ or your local church can help in your search.


  • Gifts of Time

What better way to give during the holiday season than helping serve a meal to the hungry? Make a new family Christmas tradition of volunteering at your local soup kitchen. Volunteering is a wonderful way for our children to experience a true giving Caroling Animalsspirit as they give of their time and help others who aren’t as fortunate as they are.

Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for seniors, especially those without family nearby or for whom it is a challenge to get around. Consider gathering family and/or friends to go caroling at a nearby nursing home or senior center. There is no doubt but that you will brighten their day (and yours as well)!


  • Gifts from the Heart

Share a gift straight from your heart this Christmas by using your own creativity to celebrate the special people in your life. And you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to pull this off… simply purchase a blank scrapbook, gather favorite pictures, ticket stubs, postcards, etc. along with fun craft supplies (ribbons, rubber stamps, colored markers, and papers) and create a memory scrapbook – the perfect gift for a loved one who is sure to treasure it always. Get creative, have fun, and give a gift from the heart!

The CDK Kids crew wishes you bundles of health, happiness, and love this holiday season!