One of our family traditions this time of year is to choose two angels from a local angel tree to purchase Christmas gifts for. We always choose girls that are the same age as our two, I think that helps our girls relate better to what we are doing when they help pick out and deliver gifts for other girls that they would want themselves.
This year our angels came from a local food bank, and they do things a little differently than we are used to. Instead of the usual card with the age/gender and specific requests, we were given an age/gender and told to purchase appropriate toys and clothes. We purchased clothes and toys for both girls, and delivered them to a local church yesterday that is collecting the items for the food pantry. We wish our two angels a very Merry Christmas!
Next year I want to make a minor adjustment to this tradition, and purchase each angel four things: something they want, something they need, something they’ll wear, and something they’ll read. I recently discovered this gift-giving method from a friend, and I think it is wonderful!