My husband and I started a tradition with our girls. When they were 2 we started giving them an allowance of $1/week. Their dollar got divided into 3 banks. 10% to Jesus, 10% to Savings and 80% for spending. We decided to have them save their Jesus money each year until Christmas and then we help them decided where to donate. This year they both chose to get an angel off the angel tree at our mall. We made that our goal of the morning. They easily decided on a girl but had trouble picking an age. Eventually they chose a 2 year old girl. I took them to a few stores and they picked out some clothes for her. The Hippie chose a cute shirt and some Christmas flannel pjs. The Genius chose a pretty dress and a shirt. We will help them get the rest of the things. They each had a real good time. I love doing it with them and building these memories and it is a great reminder to them of what Christmas is really all about. I also like the cashiers reactions. We get one of two reactions...
1. Total annoyance because I am pulling coins out of a small bank and counting them out.
2. Total amazement that our girls are doing this.
Today both cashiers were the second kind. One even came around and got down on the girls level and told them how neat it was and how blessed this little girl would be on Christmas. She complimented me and did not complain about the $20 some odd dollars of bills and assorted change we paid with.
This is one of the many, many reasons why I love Christmas and our girls!