NEW THING #58:
LET'S HELP SANTA
I hated Christmas growing up.
All I remember is rush, stress, crazy amounts of cleaning & helping to make tiny pierogis, lots of time sitting in the car, and then at the table. The traditions felt like chores.
Everything was food-centred (luckily Polish Christmas dishes taste like heaven). So when it actually came to the family time, everyone was pretty tired.
But even though I was not too fond of Christmas as a kid, I always had hot food at the table, presents under the tree & the family memories I can laugh at now. Not everyone is so fortunate.
So this year, I was helping Santa (with Kelowna Santas) to wrap gifts for those families who otherwise wouldn't get them. I mean saving Christmas quite literally for those kids.
The whole experience was top notch. And it's so much about the community. Local businesses collect toys from local people. Then they are sorted by age. And then the bunch of volunteers from the community come in to help Santa wrap & deliver the gifts.
How did it work?
Was it worth it?
Obviously! Saving somebody else's Christmas is the best! You're not only help someone, but you also get to feel like an awesome human! Over the years, I joined many similar Help-Santa kinda initiatives in different places where we lived and it's my favourite Christmas tradition.
And I encourage you to check out the Santa helpers teams in your area because there are awesome initiatives around the world that make this season full of kindness & giving.
And let's be honest, the big guy can't do it all by himself!