Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas To-Do List

Typically my Christmas to-do list means running to and fro picking up this and returning that.
This year things are going to be a little different 'round here.
That's because we may finally have our priorities straight!

You see, these are my kiddos...
And I want them to understand how fortunate they are.

In the wise words of Dr. Seuss...
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in our shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
{From: Oh, The Places You'll Go}

In an effort to help them know what they know, we're prepared to steer them in a direction we choose.
So, as a family we've decided to make a to-do list that focuses on the real reason for the season.

We want our kiddos to know that Christmas is not about that gift under our tree.
It's about the gifts we can put under others' trees.

It's not about spending a lot and getting the newest edition of this or that.
It's about giving others what they would not otherwise have.


It's not about sending Santa a mile-long wish list.
It's about writing a mile-long list of things for which you are thankful.
Elle and her cousin Liam wrote this for their Baba and Gido - all on their own!

It's not about racing to a party here, or a party there.
It's about spending time with one another. Real time.

Christmas is about giving.
Giving time. Giving love. Giving hope.

So...what's on our to-do list?

The Boyko Family Christmas To-Do List
~ wrap toys for Santa's Anonymous
~ give socially responsible gifts {Free the Children}
~ spend time together
~ deliver toys for Santa's Anonymous
~ bake cookies and deliver them to our neighbours
~ rally our teams {hockey & ringette} to help collect items for our local food bank
~ consciously decide to do kind things for others {and share during our dinner-time conversations}

This weekend the fun begins as we start decorating our tiny little corner of the world.

What's on your Christmas to-do list?

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