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Being a mom really changed my perspective on Christmas and holidays. My parents always taught me, that the holidays were for fun, family and love, and I believe that. Now its my turn to pass the baton so to speak and teach my kids about a holiday that is truly overdone with materialism.
What I have taught my children is that the holidays are not about receiving they are about giving back. Holiday gifting is not about money, it’s about doing something good that will help others, even if in just a small way.
Each day is a blessing, the holidays are a time to count our blessings and give back. For some the holidays are the hardest time of the year, due to loss, separation from loved ones, lack of family or monetary support. I don’t believe that the phrase ‘happy holidays’ fits everyone, since some don’t have happy.
Our few ways of giving back, makes our holiday better, not for what we get from it but rather from what we give to it. This is my story of priceless holiday giving traditions.
Priceless Holiday Family Giving Traditions
In the picture, Michael, Me, Gramma Stella (94+), My mom and dad! Yes, we love our traditional pictures and we dress up for the holidays, and it is what we are sharing with our kids, but there’s so much more!
As parents, Michael and I have a job, but we don’t make it like a job, we show through example. Our ‘job’ is to teach the kids that tradition comes first, and presents are just an ‘extra’. Never to expect, but to give the unexpected.
Before I teach my kids, I make sure that I walk the walk and I always have. From serving dinners at church, to cleaning out closets and donating to those in need. Further, every purchase I make on one of my websites that I order from, donates to a charity of choice. Giving is part of who I am, which allows me to pass it to my children.
Understanding The Holidays
Every year, rather than just receiving gifts, we give back as well. What I believe is that once you find a way to not just ‘take’ but give, your perspective on the season of merriment takes on a new meaning. As a Mom it is so important that my children understand it is not just about receiving it’s also about giving back.
We are whisked away daily in a flurry of activity. Often the days move at a pace faster than I am able to contend with. The kids require rides to activities, and homework help, and then there’s the other aspect of family time. Often missed during the daily day-to-day activity is the time of engagement with their grandparents and extended family.
It’s a shame that life goes by this fast but unless you are lucky enough to live next door to your parents, they just seem to come last. Parents are the gift we often take for granted and then suddenly have the reality of loss smack us in the face before we could even remedy the occurrence.
As adults we understand the opportunity we have to influence our children and to really share what the holiday are about. Holidays are not about the gifts we receive, it is about the blessings we have and counting them, and paying them forward.
Giving Begins With …
In our house, we ‘slow our road’ so to speak. Holidays come at your fast and furious, but they can be managed, or tamed. The holiday takeover happens when you open the door to all the commercialism, but there’s more to the season of perpetual bliss than shopping and getting what you want!
Gifting begins with giving and does not end in ‘G’ but with ‘U’. We each have a lot to offer and delivering big smiles and hugs is one step in the process. There are people that need us, and love us, and we need to love them back.
There is no monetary tag on love, rather there are emotional moments, those joyous hugs and kisses and fun lunches at gramma’s house, or cookie baking at gramma’s and grandpa’s. What makes the holidays fun also makes tradition.
Giving Begins With ‘T’
Giving also begins with ‘T’. I love T-Mobile on so many levels and their prosperity to mankind is just always stepping up to the plate. They are ‘all-in’ without burden. See how giving begins with them!
Large, good brands believe in Giving too, here is the perfect example of incredible Giving Tuesday from T-Mobile. Did you know that T-Mobile set aside more than $2 million dollars for Giving Tuesday? Why? Perhaps because their typical Un-carrier fashion helps to empower customers and employees, they are positively infectious!
How Do You Get Involved In Giving Tuesday?
While I can’t tell you to make your kids do this or that, and I can’t shove tradition at you, there are other ways. Remember giving is ‘to each his own!’ I love that T-Mobile has a version of Giving that let’s everyone participate. Here’s how it works.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer: On Giving Tuesday (11/27) via the TMT app, customers will get the chance to give $1 on us to Feeding America ($1=10 meals) — plus, you can text-to-give as well. You will also get the chance to win a gift code you can use donate to your favorite charity.
T-Mobile will provide Five $100 Benevity Gift Code prizes for the Twitter party that winners can use to give to a charity of their choice. (Join Us…11/29 from 9-10pm ET)
Everyone: Every time you retweet @TMobile’s Giving Tuesday tweet on 11/27, T-Mobile will donate $1 (10 meals) to Feeding America.
T-Mobile Employees: On Giving Tuesday, T-Mobile will deposit $27 in every T-Mobile employees Giving Account which they can donate to any charity of their choice. T-Mobile will match any additional donations on behalf of employees.
T-Mobile’s commitment to giving goes far beyond just one day! Through programs supporting disaster relief, youth education, sustainability, hunger in America and more. There’s employee matching and volunteer programs.
Did you know that T-Mobile has given more than $8M and 34,000 volunteer hours have been donated to local and national organizations in 2018 alone? They are just kicking off our busiest giving season of the year! #WeWontStop!
As A T-Mobile Ambassador I have learned so much more about not being the norm, and being ‘un’ but always being helpful. Witnessing a company that gives back so much and so often is inspiring. You will find me, supporting giving Tuesday and at the Twitter Party, please consider joining, it’s free and fabulous!
My kids know the value of a hug, no matter how old they are, from babies to teens, they know that one hug makes a huge difference and they give more! No distractions at the table, reminiscing through stories that my 90+ year old grandmother shares and lots of laughs.
Memories are made when you are together not apart. Giving yourself and being there and living in the moment is how we celebrate with our parents, our kids grandparents. Nothing else matters when we are together, just our time, well spent, listening, joking and living in that moment.
French Fry Kisses & Ketchup Dreams really described reflective moments in our lives and the holidays are often a time of reflection for many of us. I am not different than each of you and I think about my year, the changes, all the blessings and then I begin to count those blessings that’s the priceless holiday family giving tradition!