Not that paying full price is altogether bad, but who wants to pay full price when you can…not pay full price?? That’s why I’m talking about next Christmas already. Look at me! I’m worse than department stores. They put their Christmas stuff out before Halloween. Well, I win. I’m putting this out there before Valentine’s Day. Hurry, folks! Only 352 days until Christmas. There’s not a moment to lose!
Figured I’d get my Christmas cards out early too.
Here’s why I’m talking about Christmas at the beginning of January:
This is the time to buy wrapping paper for next to nothing and get ready for next year’s Operation Christmas Child. It all goes back to that why pay full price thing. And I’m totally kidding about getting my Christmas cards out early. I don’t even get Christmas cards out at all because I’m that on top of my to-do list.
What is Operation Christmas Child?
We finally did it! After hearing about Operation Christmas Child for several years, our family jumped on board this year to participate, thanks to a friend in our homeschool group who planned our Christmas party around this service opportunity.
Have you heard of it? Does your family take part in the joy of giving this way? Through Operation Christmas Child, children in impoverished countries are provided with a gift at Christmastime. These gifts are supplied by people like you and me. Typically it is the only gift these children receive, so of course the kids are overjoyed to receive their box. Best yet, Samaritan’s Purse places a little book (written in the child’s language) inside each box titled “The Greatest Gift” and they follow up with the kids too. These boxes are not just fun. They provide an outreach opportunity for the local churches!
Preparing For Next Year’s Operation Christmas Child
I’m not affiliated with OCC in any way. I just love the program and found this to be a great way to serve with our kids. I thought I’d put a bug in your ear about it just in case this is a way you and your family can serve, too. But first – a bug in your ear? What a terrible cliche. I wrote that without thinking. Matt got a bug in his ear once (a moth. thanks for asking.) and had to go to the ER to have it removed. There’s nothing cute or fun about that, so why do we say, “let me put a bug in your ear”?? In other words, let me do something disgusting and memorable, incredibly annoying and slightly painful so that you can’t move on with life until you do this thing.
So, Operation Christmas Child. It’s just a suggestion. Do with this what you will. I hate bugs.
I mostly wrote this post to say:
Start looking now for items to fill Operation Christmas Child boxes.
It is so much fun to fill the shoe-boxes! Just think of the joy a child has when they open their box containing bright toys and games! We paid full price for the contents of our boxes this past November because I didn’t plan ahead to participate. Now that I know the kinds of items that work well I’m looking for sales, walking the clearance aisles, and grabbing goodies I know will work. Come time to fill boxes again, I’ll just have to grab bags out of my closet. How fun!
Read here about the items that are best for filling shoe-boxes. Liquids are a no-go. I’ve already picked up small coloring books, toy cars, recorders, rings, stamps, and a little tea set. I’m watching for sales on socks and mittens. Come August, I’ll grab school supplies on sale. It’s just good to have this in the back of my mind when I come across a sale so I can pick up beneficial items at a good price.
Obviously, this idea works well for purchasing items to bless those in your own community, any time of the year. Consider the people you want to serve, and keep them in mind when you come across sales.
I want to hear if your family participates in Operation Christmas Child!
And don’t forget. Christmas will be here before you know it.
I’m always here to help.