Brady was asking to serve a meal on Christmas Eve somewhere or feed the homeless...but we couldn't find anywhere for him to do that. So, we came up with the idea of handing out goodie bags. We filled bags with cookies, candy, crackers, etc. We spent about 2 hrs. driving around...and when we saw someone that needed some Christmas spirit, Brady would jump out of the van and say "Merry Christmas!" and give them a bag. After handing out the first few bags he said to us, "this feels pretty good!" I must admit that beforehand, Eric and I were less than thrilled to be doing this. I mean, Christmas Eve is our time. How selfish is that of us? But, because Brady was so persistant, we gave in. And, we are so glad we did! It was amazing to see the faces of kids and grown ups light up because of a simple act of kindness. Brady passed out all the bags himself. I only got out of the van once to go into a restaurant with him where we saw two kids sitting. Eric and I talked later and we both felt that we were lead to just the right people...people that could use a small blessing late that afternoon.
I have a feeling Brady will want to do this again next year.
These are a few of Brady's favorite gifts....
We had a great Christmas. Brady told his cousins that he's glad he's an "only" child because you get more stuff for Christmas. I was embarrassed he said that.
I'm always a little down after Christmas...I guess because of all the excitement and anticipation...and then it's all over in one day. I do however need to find some motivation to get our cluttered house back in order! Eric has been sick since Christmas afternoon...poor guy has been in the bathroom for three days now! We were hoping to do a couple of fun things this week while he and Brady are home....so, he needs to hurry up and get better!
I hope you're having a good week...and enjoying a little down time.
We certainly can use it after the holidays!