These are the only toys that I am wrapping this holiday season. I know – sound the alarms – mean mommy here.
These are 2 games for the toy drive at my boys’ school. Classic games that we all grew up playing, and I am sure any kid would love and cherish.
My boys already have these games along with many, many more. We are also very fortunate to start the winter off with warm and dry winter coats (one new, one hand me down from big bro).
New boots arrived last week. My younger son apparently is musically talented (not sure where he got this), but has moved on from the piano to drums. We are anxiously awaiting his practice books along with his drum set.
My son who is about to turn 11, celebrated his birthday already and received a number of gift cards from friends and family. Since he really needs NOTHING, he actually asked us to keep the gift cards for him when he really NEEDS something. This may actually be never because thankfully, he does not know what real needing means.
We got gaming systems and iPods covered thanks to generous grandparents over the years. Both boys enjoy a number of athletic extracurriculars after school and on weekends complete with new uniforms.
SO, I have decided that this holiday season is about FAMILY. We do not need any more Legos to trip on, video games to fight over, and although sometimes it it is breakfast for dinner, we are fortunate to have food for family dinner during the week.
What we do not have is TIME. We are so busy! Henry, my husband, and I both run businesses, and when we are not doing that we are attending to everything else. There are so many activities to shuttle to and from, basketball games to cheer at, our moms who are both grandmas that live alone, and let’s not forget the dogs.
Even if we all eat dinner together, it is RUSHED. So this holiday season, we are taking a long family trip. My gift to my boys, although they will more than likely not appreciate it now, is TIME. Time together, laughing, enjoying, and not rushing.
Do NOT worry, I am not forgetting the teachers and all the other people who touch our lives during the year. I am doing my fair share of shopping for all of these amazing people and my baby cousin who is celebrating her first holiday season.
I am sure that there will be a souvenir or two that result on our trip, but surely there will be conversation before and after with my family.
There is also the ability to brighten others’ Holiday Season. This is not only a season of family, but also a season of giving.
A sense of pride filled my boys’ hearts as they dropped the toys at their school’s toy drive. We are participating in a few other giving opportunities this Holiday Season.
Please remember those less fortunate than you this season. Local Food Banks can always use canned tuna, peanut butter and nutrient filled breakfast cereal. Many Starbucks Coffee Shops are collecting toys nationwide. A local and personal favorite is Project Bundle Up, sponsored by the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate and provides warm coats to less fortunate children in the area.
If you have a favorite ‘giving’ opportunity, feel free to share below.