17 November, 2011

Want vs Need During the Holidays

I have really been thinking about what to do for Christmas this year. I am fairly certain only a few people in my family actually NEED things. Sure, there is always stuff we want, but truly need? Not much.
The kids could use some new shoes. But they for sure do not need toys. They hardly play with what they have.
Jeremy and I? We really don't NEED anything. Sure, there are things we both want. But we don't need anything.
I just have a hard time thinking about all the people and kids with nothing. Nothing at all. In this time of excessive-ness and over-consumerism, it is SO easy to go overboard. Even when there are people in your neighborhood who are losing their house. Or feeding their kids rice and beans, or Ramen noodles, or peanut butter every meal because that's all they have. Or kids that don't have a winter coat, or shoes that fit or are in good repair.

Anyway, I guess my point is, try to give back a little bit. Even if you just buy a $10 coat and take it to your local shelter or church, or if you buy an extra 5 cans of beans, or whatever. Try to do something for others this holiday season.
The kids and I are choosing some ornaments from the Sponsor Tree at the YMCA tonight. And I am going to take the kids and have them pick out the presents, help wrap them and then give them to the desk at the Y. I really hope that by doing small things, I can teach them how to give back to others that truly need things.

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