A Treat Giving Christmas
Kids will be kids, they love anything and everything that has fur! When you ask my children what they want for Christmas they will tell you they want a puppy or a kitten, a cat or a dog, a gerbil or a hamster. They LOVE animals and often ask to bring new one's home. Well, we already have a frog, a fish, a lizard, a 1 year old dog and a 4 month old puppy. This is where I draw the line....NO MORE pets.
Since we are not taking in anymore animals at the moment and can't give another one a furrever home I thought it would be a great experience for my children to do something for an animal that won't wake up with a special present this Christmas. We sat down and came up with all sorts of fun stuff to do! We got started a little bit late in the season so we decided to pick something on a smaller scale for this year (we also picked a pretty big project for next year). I was so impressed with some of the ideas my kids thought of. They truly came up with some very generous things that they would be willing to devote their time to.
I own a small dog treat business and my kids came up with the great idea of baking and packaging treats for some of the less fortunate animals. I then helped them find and call a local shelter to see if they "needed" the donation. Of course they were happy to accept!
Together we have baked about 50 bags of treats (and still baking) to take to the shelter on Christmas Eve. My children did NOT want to take the treats early because they wanted the dogs to have something on Christmas day.
My kids have currently shown more excitement about giving the shelter dogs their presents than they have about Santa coming. To me this is a big deal and it is great that they are learning the enjoyment that can be taken out of giving. We have vowed to make this a new family tradition and hope the treats warm the bellies of the pups like it has warmed our hearts to give to them.