Has anyone noticed that the first signs of Christmas are earlier and earlier each year? Christmas was full blown at our local Target the day after Halloween! For the last month my daughter has been asking, “When Santa coming?” I don’t blame her one bit. With Christmas surrounding our every move, how can she see past the snowflakes, flashing lights, tinsel and glittery ornaments?
Let’s not forget about the holiday that falls between Halloween and Christmas. Yes, I am talking about Thanksgiving. On this special day, we gather with our family and friends to give thanks to all of the wonderful people, things or events that have happened this year. For most, we stuff our bellies full of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, rolls and pumpkin pie. Exploding at the seams!
To work off some extra calories, we dash out to our favorite Black Friday sales combating the crowds like we are at in a mosh pit. Then, if we did not get everything on our Christmas list, we queue up our computer and get ready for Cyber Monday. Refreshing our computer in hopes a new sale might come across our screen. Within two days we have hemorrhaged our yearly savings and bought more things than we probably “need”. I am exhausted just thinking about it.
This year, it’s time to give back on Giving Tuesday. I love Giving Tuesday because it reminds us that through the craze of the holidays, it is also important to give back to the community, those in need or others outside of yourself. In this world of shameless self-promotion and endless selfie pics (I am guilty), take a step back and think about those outside of your immediate world.
My family does this every year as we choose to donate either our time or some of our savings to our favorite local non-profit. Like Program for Early Parent Support or better known as PEPS. Without PEPS, I am positive that my husband and I would not have made it through early parenting. For 12 weeks, a group of 12 of us, including our little ones, got together to discuss topics such as breast feeding, grandparents, emotional changes, planning for the future, how to take care of yourself, post-partum depression and many other topics. Though the mutual support and shared information, we were able to ease our exhausted minds and be better parents to our daughter. The best experience is going to our group each week with a daunting concern, only to find out that all the other parents are going through the same struggle. There is nothing that makes you feel more comforted than knowing that you are not alone in the challenging times of early parenting.
My family is forever thankful for PEPS and all of their support. Not only to my personal family but to those around me. Here are photos of our group of little ones on their first and second birthdays!
Our kids have the most special bond and love playing with each other. It is amazing to watch. I could not imagine giving to any other organization than PEPS as they have been one amazing organization.
What are you going to do for #givingtuesday?
Take good care and be well mamas!