“This is a sponsored post in collaboration with “Clangers”and Coolabi. All opinions are my own.”
People celebrate the Holiday Season in many different ways. Whether you celebrate Christmas and/or Hanukkah there are so many ways to come together with family and friends and spread joy and most importantly give back. Clangers are about kindness, community, discovery and accepting of others — all which are important during the festive season.
For those of you who don’t know, Clangers is a stop-motion animated children’s TV series about a family of mouse-like creatures who live on a distant planet. Clangers won a BAFTA in the Best Pre-School Animation category in 2015. You can watch Clangers on the Sprout Network or at Sprout Online. You can also follow Clangers on Facebook.
I have been thinking about the Holiday traditions my family and I had growing up. We often found ways to give back, spread joy and show kindness to others, much like the Clangers.
Here our a few of the traditions my family and I had growing up;
-Secret Santa: We would choose a family from our church who was unable to provide a Christmas for themselves or their family. Without the family noticing we would drop off age appropriate gifts or money and ring the door bell and hide. The look on each member of the family’s face filled my heart and soul with joy.
-Volunteer at a food bank or shelter: My Mom always wanted us to remember how blessed we were and how many people go without basic necessities. We would often volunteer throughout the year at our local food bank and/or shelter. It made us realize how very lucky we were just to have soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush.
-Invite those without family over for Christmas Eve: We would often invite missionaries from our church (who are away from their families for two years) to spend Christmas Eve with our family. We would also invite other friends over who didn’t have family close by to spend the Holidays with us.
-Reenact the Nativity Story: We would use whatever towels or blankets we could find to reenact the Nativity story with my brother and sisters. It was a fun tradition and now that I have my own children we are still continuing it.
Here are some new traditions that I have started with my own family:
-Tamales: We freeze our leftover tamales from Thanksgiving and have a big feast on Christmas day.
-Cookies for friends and neighbors: My husband, children and I make batches of cookies and give them out to friends and neighbors (sometimes we even sing a carol or two).
-Service: My children aren’t quite old enough to volunteer at a shelter or food bank yet but that doesn’t stop us from doing little acts of service. I will often purchase a few small gift cards to a fast food restaurant and our family will hand them out whenever we see someone who is homeless or struggling.
-Christmas Giving Tree: Our church has a Christmas tree that has tags on it. The tags each contain an age and gift that someone less fortunate would like for Christmas. This year we had a 13 year old girl who wanted a purse. It was fun to go shopping with my daughter and choose a purse that the girl would enjoy.
I feel that when we show kindness, generosity and acceptance to all…we grasp the real meaning of the Holidays.
How do YOU and YOUR family celebrate and give back during the holidays?