This year, I am trying to concentrate on the true meaning of Christmas. Of course, I am human and I can get carried away with the commercialism of the holiday season, who doesn't? But I really want to start traditions that focus on others. Charlotte is young enough that if I start now, I can get in a habit that will continue the rest of her life (while at home and, hopefully, once she moves out).
One thing I have seen over the past couple years are care packages that are distributed to the homeless. I have always been one to give money or food when I see people on street corners holding signs, but I wanted to do more than that! This time of year is about Christ, so I wanted to incorporate Him into these care packages.
I have been telling myself for the past several months to get these packets put together. After encountering a homeless man and having the missionaries stop by our house (on the same day) to explain the #ShareTheGift initiative, I knew I couldn't waste anymore time. I spread everything out on the table and had Charlotte fill up all the bags. She loved being "Mommy's helper." Even though she had no clue what we were doing, I know that as we do this every year, she will start to understand. Just trying to start young :)
The Elders showed us the movie, "He Is The Gift," and introduced us to the pass-along-cards found in this months Ensign. I thought to myself, "that's what I am putting in my care packages!"
These little Christmas cards (what I call them), are a message of peace and hope. A reminder of Christ and what this season is really about!
I had seen a lot of great ideas on Pinterest, but decided to mainly use stuff I already had in my cupboards. Luckily, I had just done a ton of grocery shopping, so I raided my own cabinets (green highlighted items are from Dollar Tree)! As you can see, I just used gallon Ziplock bags (nothing fancy) to hold everything and a bow to make it more like a present.
Here is the breakdown of items + the price per unit: