Every year I try to create new meaningful Christmas traditions with my family and Conor. Today Conor and I put together our present for Operation Christmas Child and I think we both agree that we now would like to make it a yearly tradition. It’s something simple that reminds us to care for our brothers and sisters around the world and it makes such a impact on a child’s life.
I decided to pack my box for a 5-9 year old girl and I have to say it took me awhile to find just the right things for my box. While walking around Target I was a little disappointed because there were many parents that I passed in the toy aisles that used toys as a bribe to make their child stay quiet and behave in the store. I can’t imagine how many toys these children have at home that are untouched, I know that my little brother has piles of toys under his bed that he doesn’t touch. I hope that these parents are teaching their children to appreciate all that they have and to help others who may not have even the basic of things.
For my little girls present, I included:
- Composition notebook
- Pencils and sharpener
- Coloring book
- Pack of Crayons
- Hair Ties
- Two Sparkly Barrettes
- Stuffed Animal Cow (Too adorable!!)
- Jump Rope
- Purple with Stars Hot Wheels Car
- Bar Soap
- A few other things
I tried to have a good mix of toys, school supplies and toiletries. I wish that I was able to pack a second box but we’re a little worried about how much traveling this holiday will cost us. I guess I could have bought more from the dollar store but I wanted the little girl to have things that would last a little longer. I also included a note from Conor and I, telling her how special she is and how it’s so important to study hard in school.
Please let me know what you included in your boxes or what new traditions you plan on creating this year!
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