Christmas is a time for giving and that is one thing I am striving to teach my son about the spirit of the season. I want him to learn to cherish the small moments during the season. For example, some teenagers came to our front door caroling last night and it was a touching moment. They gave us a loaf of bread from a local bakery and wished us a Merry Christmas. That is what the season is all about — people. That is why I wanted to participate in a Champions for Kids project sponsored by Disney. The goal was to create a stocking full of a goodies for a child in need and I knew just the child!
Doing activities like making a stocking for those less fortunate is one way I plan to teach my son about the spirit of giving during the holidays. Champions for Kids and Disney teamed up this year to help me show my son giving in action!
At my school, we have a number of low-income families and not all of them can afford to have the Christmas many of us are able to put together. There is one little boy who is one of the sweetest kids to come through my classroom. When I received the opportunity to put together a Disney Christmas stocking for someone as a Champions for Kids project, I immediately knew I wanted to make it for him and give it to him on the last day of school before winter break.
Once I knew who I wanted to give the stocking to, I set off to Walmart. I love holiday shopping and while I do like getting gifts, I am one of those people who loves to shop for others! I had a picture in my mind of what I would get and I want to put together a Mickey themed stocking. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite that easy! The only mouse stocking I could find had Minnie Mouse on it and it was a mini stocking!
The only regular sized stockings I could find featured Disney Princesses so I had to think on my feet and figure out a back up plan. Luckily as I continued through the seasonal department at Walmart, I discovered an entire section of one aisle that was full of Disney holiday wrapping paper, gift bags, and gift tags! There was an adorable gift bag featuring all of the classic Disney characters and it was big enough to fill with a lot of goodies!
So, I decided to upgrade from a stocking to the gift bag so I could get more things for the special guy I was shopping for on this trip. I just wanted to be able to get enough to make him really feel special this year. I figured going bigger was definitely better in this case! Plus, I love Disney products! W is a huge fan of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and he just got a Mickey Mouse laptop for his birthday!
I scoured the aisles and found some great Disney items in the stocking stuffer aisle of the holiday department before heading back to the toy department. There were items that ranged in price including some $5 gift sets which could be a great option for those with limited funds this year. There were a lot of Disney Princess products but finding things I liked for a boy was actually more challenging! In the end, I found a good collection of goodies.
I also picked up a variety of the Disney Princess things I found because my niece, who is 4, is now in a princess stage and loves everything princess, pink, and purple! ‘Tis the season for giving! I figured it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a few more goodies for her for Christmas Day!
I would say this shopping trip was a success although I’m not done doing my Christmas shopping yet. I used to get it done very earlier but it’s a bit more challenging to get out with my little guy although he does like going out to the stores. He just doesn’t last very long and then he’s ready to go home!
Last night I got all of the goodies in the gift bag and got it ready to take to school today. Today was the last day of school before our winter break. When the kids come back to school it will be 2012! The classes all have their winter parties today and get to eat lots of tasty treats. Some teachers give their students gifts and some do not.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to surprise my little friend. I went in during his class party this morning to surprise him with his gift. His mother was at the party which made it even more special. His face lit up and hers did too. He wasn’t sure if he should open it or not and we decided that he could open it since all of the other kids were involved in the party.
He was so excited and his mother was extremely thankful. It warmed my heart to know that even though it was a party day, I did something to make his day just a bit more special. I don’t know exactly what kind of Christmas he is going to have, but I know that today was a great day for him.
The best part of the moment came from him though as he was looking through the gift bag. I went ahead and put all of the candy necklaces and wrist bands in the bag even though there were multiples in the package. When he pulled out those items he was so excited because, “I can share these with my sister!” In that moment, I knew I had picked the right child for this opportunity!
To see all of the details of my shopping trip, you can view my Disney Champions for Kids Stocking Stuffer Google+ story. To learn more about Champions for Kids, go to www.ChampionsforKids.org. You can also follow them on Twitter at @Champions4Kids and on Facebook at ChampionsforKids. Champions for Kids is a great cause that encourages people to work to improve the lives of the children in their community! Their mission is to support people and organizations working to make our communities a better place for children. Even the smallest actions can have huge impact!What do you do to promote the spirit of giving during the holidays? Do you have any family traditions that involve giving back during the holidays or other times of the year?Formula Mom Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. #CBias #DisneyCFK