December 3, 2011

Christmas Reflections and Traditions…Disney Champions for Kids #DisneyCFK

by Rebecca E. Parsons

This year I started reflecting on our family holiday traditions early. As a family, we always make it a point to give back each year. We have some tried and true family giving traditions I share below. And this year I am very excited to add a new tradition as we participate in #Disney/CFK Stocking Stuffer Celebration ~ the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project for December. We will fill stockings for children from the Angel Tree at church.

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There is no ideal Christmas;
only the one Christmas you decide
to make as a reflection
of your values, desires, affections, traditions.

 

This quote by Bill McKibben from Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case For a More Joyful Christmas really touched something deep in me. As most of you know 2011 has been a very tough year and I have been feeling a little down, disconnected, and not my joyful self…I do not like to whine too much, because I have a beautiful and full life…so when I contemplated the above quote, I realized that it is exactly what I believe and bring that makes a holiday joyful…not feeling sorry for myself…

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St. Francis Preaching to the Birds - Giotto

So what am I going to do about my feelings of sadness…what I always do when I become too focused on self…turn outward and think of others:

Your Local Food Bank Needs You

15.5 million or approximately 20.7 percent of children in the U.S. live in poverty. That is one of every five children in America!!! This holiday season, consider the possibility of making your dinner a food drive; you can ask your guests to bring canned goods, in lieu of house gifts…Have a neighborhood food drive with your children – make a flyer and pass around this weekend and pick up Monday and deliver to the food bank…

Food banks are really suffering this year…because of the economy, many more people have had to call on their local food bank for help…if you have any extra money or canned goods…stories like this abound this year…please help if you can…

Hoffman, 55, is one of the growing number of “nontraditional” food pantry clients across the country. They include more formerly independent senior citizens, more people who own houses and more people who used to call themselves “middle-class” — those who are not used to fretting over the price of milk.

“We’re getting calls all the time from people who want to know how to get here,” said Kristine Gibson, community outreach manager at the Stockton food pantry. “And when I ask where they live, they give an address of a nice neighborhood, one where you or I would want to live.”

No matter what city you live in, and no matter what newspaper you read, you have probably seen a headline that says something like “Local Food Bank Donations Down,” or “Shelves Empty at the Food Bank.”

According to a recent thread on Chowhound, certain items are almost always a good bet:

Canned Chicken
Powdered Milk
Canned Tuna
Saltine Crackers
Soups
Juices
White Rice
Jarred or Canned Spaghetti Sauce
Grape Jelly
Canned Vegetables
Breakfast Cereals
Pork & Beans
Peanut Butter
Macaroni & Cheese
Baby food & formula
Pet food, for companion animals
 What they’ve got too much of? Kidney beans

 

And, of course, money donations are always welcome as well. To find the nearest food bank to you, check out Second Harvest’s Food Bank locator from the slow food blog.

Feeding the Birds on Christmas Eve

I will repeat my tradition a la St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis loved animals because they, too, were God’s creatures. He extended special kindness to animals at Christmas. He urged farmers to provide their oxen and donkeys with extra rations of corn and hay “for the reverence of the Son of God, whom on such a night the Blessed Virgin did lay down in the stall between the ox and the donkey.” At Christmastide, St. Francis scattered crumbs of bread under the trees, so the tiny creatures could feast and be happy. I am going to scatter bird seed around my tiny island on Christmas eve so that the birds, too, can celebrate…

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Saint Francis' birds are fed on Christmas Eve 2007 - a new tradition launched

 

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I am participating in CFK’s December SIMPLE Service Project – Disney/CFK Stocking Stuffer Celebration with Collective Bias. Disney Champions for Kids #DisneyCFK Purchase a T-Shirt

I choose to create stockings for children whose names are on the Angel Tree at my church. They are a worthy recipients who would not have a Christmas celebration without the generosity of families like ours. Our recipients match the Champions for Kids mission because they are among the 15.5 million or approximately 20.7 percent of children in the U.S. live in poverty through no fault of their own!!!

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Read about other Christmas traditions
here…

See my Hundred Dollar Holiday ideas and Hundred Dollar Holiday post….to learn more…

* Bill McKibben, author, Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case For a More Joyful Christmas says, “The Christmas we now celebrate grew up at a time when Americans were mostly poor … mostly working with their hands and backs. If we now feel burdened and unsatisfied by the piles of gifts and over consuming, it is not because Christmas has changed all that much. It’s because we have.” …read article here…

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