Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good Deeds

Despite our many Christmas parties and assorted other Christmas events, I do try to downplay Santa and the whole gimme gimme part of Christmas.  Actually, the girls have always been good about Santa and the toy frenzy.  Katherine has always asked for exactly one item for Christmas, no more.  Rachel just says she wants "presents".  We have several simple nativity sets that the girls have had fun playing with (although we didn;t get out the fabulous Playmobil set - it's still not Rachel proof).  The girls also look forward to putting little dolls on our Advent calendar.
I've had this calendar for years (long before I had children) and I have always loved it.  Each little doll represents a different country.  Katherine likes seeing where each one is from - and the girl from China is always the first doll to go up.

This year I tried a new idea and it has been such a hit that we will do it every year at Christmas!  Each day the girls have a "good deed" to do, usually a chore or doing something nice for someone.  Each girl pulls out a slip of paper every morning with her good deed printed on it.
Katherine's good deeds have included cleaning out the car, loading the dishwasher, sending an e-mail to someone far away, making cards, holding the door for people, and sweeping the kitchen.  Rachel's good deeds are simpler - setting the table, telling someone Merry Christmas, picking up her toys, and (her favorite) cleaning the glass on the front door.

The girls have been SO excited about their Good Deeds.  They can't wait to see what their next deed is and they really try hard to accomplish it during the day.  They're so into the Good Deeds they've paid very little attention to the presents under the tree and hardly talk about Santa.  At the end of the day they put their slips of paper into a special box.  We're planning on leaving it as a present for Santa.

The Good Deeds have been a lot of fun.  I've had lots of "help" around the house (both girls love to clean!) and I like the lessons about helping others that the Good Deeds are teaching my girls.  This is definately our new Christmas tradition!

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