It’s December! A time that we spend together with friends and family. A time that we spend rushing around, attending Christmas parties and programs, braving the holiday shopping crowds, and a time that is focused on what WE want. But December is also a time that we can slow down and think for a minute, think about those who maybe need a little pick-me up (retail workers who deal with upset or frustrated clients), or those who have less than we do.
Do you know what generosity means?
When I asked my students this week what it means to be generous, they weren’t able to answer - most of them had never even heard the word “generous” before. It took some explaining from our classroom elf “Chippy” who taught us that:
Generosity means to be willing to give more of what you have to those in need. It
means going the extra mile and showing kindness to others. There is something
that happens in our hearts when we act generously. Joy fills our hearts.
Honestly, we are all very familiar with the word “MINE”. I mean who hasn’t watched a child have a “meltdown” because they don’t want to share their toy - maybe they don’t understand what it means to share. It’s our job as parents and teachers to help children understand why sharing is important and what it means to be generous.
We were challenged, and now our mascots are challenging you, to find a good deed that you can do for those around you. So how can you be generous this weekend? Here are some ideas to get you started:
Bake some cookies and take them to some people who could use a smile. Place them in jars, tie a pretty ribbon around them and go for a walk. (Here is my favourite Gingerbread recipe to help you out!)
Make christmas cards to take and hand out at a nursing home
Participate in an Angel Tree
Donate to a local food drive (or if your children are older, serve at the local soup kitchen)
½ c. shortening
½ c. sugar
½ c. molasses
¼ c. water
2 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. ginger
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. all spice
Cream together sugar and shortening. Blend in molasses and water. Mix in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll dough out on floured surface. Cut into shapes and place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake.
Bake at 350° for 8-10 min