Since my husband and I got married back in April, this is our first Christmas together as a married couple. We really want to create our own traditions as our own new family. If you’ve kept up with the blog, you know that a little while ago we went and picked out my first real Christmas tree. This season, we also decided to sponsor our first Christmas angel through Salvation Army. In years past, I’ve always wanted to do it, but never had the money around the holidays. Since we were lucky enough to be in a comfortable position this year, we finally did.
Our angel was a 9 year old girl named Neveah. She loves Frozen and Barbies and wanted a scooter or bike for Christmas. The hard part I realized is the budget they ask you to stay within. They ask that everyone only spends $40. if you’ve ever tried to buy Christmas presents for a child under $40 it feels near impossible. I didn’t want to just blow out the budget in case she had siblings who might only get $40 worth of gifts, but we may have gone just a little over.
We were lucky to find a great Black Friday deal at Target on a scooter for only $18. They also had some cute, warm clothes on sale that we were able to buy. Plus, we got a Frozen Elsa Barbie for her… perfect, right? My mom also picked up the cutest, softest stuffed reindeer that says “Jesus loves you” on the foot. Finally, we found a Frozen tiara and jewelry set. We were so tickled.
Bryan and I dropped her gifts off at church on Sunday and felt really happy knowing she’ll have presents under the tree come Christmas morning. The only thing we wished were different, would be if we could have known if she had siblings, so then we could have taken on the entire family. That way we could have spent a little more money and made sure no child went without. Either way, it was such a rewarding experience and if you’ve never tried it, I challenge you to next Christmas.
If you are looking for ways to give back this holiday season, here are a few ways you can!
Donate toys to Toys for Tots
Bell Ringing with the Salvation Army
Visit a local nursing home
Donate a warm coat to someone who needs one with One Warm Coat
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Donate food for the hungry through Golden Harvest
Send Christmas cards to troops overseas with Operation We Are Here
How do you give back during the holidays?
C’est la vie,