Day One: MAKEOn the first day of Intentional Christmas, Jake's Crafty Christmas Kiwi Crate arrived, and we had a blast making a paper gingerbread house. He was so proud of how it turned out!
Read more about this project here.
We can't wait to find out what crafty surprises will be waiting for us in our next box from Kiwi Crate!
Day Two: BAKEOn the second day of Intentional Christmas, we did a little baking together.
Not a single treat was made from scratch, the kitchen looked like a flour Winter Wonderland when we were through with it, and I don't have any Pinterest-worthy foodie photographs of my own to share with you, but we baked (and, ate lots of sugar), none-the-less.
Real-life baking with a little one is not a spread in a holiday magazine (not at our house, anyway), and it never will be, but we had so much fun!
Day Three: GIVEOn the third day of Intentional Christmas, we learned a little bit about giving. I'm going to keep the details from our end a secret on this one, but here are a couple of my favorite charities, and ideas for giving with our children all year long.
- Operation Christmas Child
- MD Anderson Cancer Center Children's Art Project
- March of Dimes
- #TeamJilly (Read her story here.)
- Have your child earn a little bit of money by doing something for you around the house, then encourage them to donate some (so they may come to understand the true sacrifice of giving their own money) to the holiday bell ringers, the offering plate at church, or to a favorite charity.
- Collect canned goods, coats, shoes, and clothing for your local homeless shelter.
- Go shopping together, and pick out toys to be given to children in need.
Day Four: THANKOn the fourth day of Intentional Christmas, we packaged up a few of the cookies we baked together, and gave them (along with a card) to the volunteer nursery workers at our church to say thank you for everything they do for the children and their families.
When I stopped and thought about it, there are many people who do a lot of really selfless things for us every day that I don't remember to thank on a regular basis - like the volunteer nursery workers who wipe my child's runny nose, continue my potty training efforts, snuggle him, and love on him for a little while so his Daddy and I can be 'all there' when we attend our church service together.
Sure, I say 'thanks' every time we drop him off and pick him up, but, more often than not, my real heart-felt appreciation gets lost in the hustle and bustle, and 'oh no, we're late!'s.
Here are a few other people I thought of who might not get as many 'thank you's as they deserve:
- Our Postman or Trash Collector.
- The cashier at our local grocery.
- The family members and friends who've been there for us.
- Troops who are overseas and away from their families during the holidays (Send a card here).
- Public Service Workers - Nurses, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, etc.
This week's activities are Serve, Play, Read and Write!
12 Days of Intentional Christmas is about slowing down, and choosing to give our family(as well as ourselves) a most precious gift - our time, and sweet memories made together.
For those of you who'd like to participate...
Follow along with the activities on your own time and terms. This is about you and your family.
Whether you choose to do all, some, or just one of the activities, share it in a status/photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtags #12DaysofIntentionalChristmas and #OnceUponaCanvas - not to boast about what we are doing, but to encourage others to join in. I would love to connect with you all!