Dec 3 2010

Our First Day of Hanukkah

Yesterday was the first day of Hanukkah, and the kids were crazed with excitement!

As you’ll notice from the clip, we also have a decorated tree. Basically, we don’t want them to miss out on festivities of any form during the holidays.

Noah had been carrying around a magazine for weeks showing us his top picks. We don’t go crazy with the gifts, but I did give him his top two choices. Both, by the way, I totally regret! Why do kids toys come with so many small pieces and the worst directions imaginable? After spending about 45 minutes assembling his race track, he managed to fall on top of it shortly after, leaving me with the joy of doing it all over again.

We also gave them each an adopted animal though Oceana. I blogged about their amazing adopt a pet program last week, and really can’t say enough about it.

The holidays are a perfect time to teach our kids about the gift of giving, and giving back. They are never too young to start appreciating the needs of others and think beyond themselves.

I’m sharing with you a clip of the kids opening their Oceana animals. Noah is only 3 (will be 4 next month), and he already ‘gets it’.

Every year since they were born,  for Hanukkah and their birthdays, I make a donation in their name to a different group and I keep the certificates in a book that I will give to them when they are older.

In the past we’ve given to the Humane Society,  One Laptop, Women’s Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Animals Sanctuaries around the country, PETA,, Save Darfur etc.

There are no shortage of organizations that need our help. If our children see us giving, and if they feel like they’re included, they are likely going to do the same when they get older and have their own money to spend.

As I’m sure you could see from the clip, Noah felt really good about helping the seals and dolphins. He was just as excited about helping the animals as he was about the new race track.

There’s still plenty of time to find the right charity for you, and your brood. It also happens to be delightfully easy because it can all be done on-line. After spending the other day at the mall with the kids, I can assure you, it can’t beat it!

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