Tuesday, September 25, 2012
No Gifts Please!
I know that many of you read about The Princess' Candyland Birthday Party. What I didn't write about in that post was how amazingly precious and sweet my little girl is. Maybe my calling her "The Princess" makes her sound a little spoiled? And some people might argue that she is, but her gift request this year was truly selfless and I think I can honestly say that she may be a Princess, but she's not spoiled!
About a month before the party, The Princess came up to me and said, "Mommy, instead of presents, this year I want people to bring coats for homeless people to keep them warm. Hats and Scarves too!" A friend of hers had made a similar request and she really liked the idea. My response to her was, "Are you sure honey? Don't you want presents?" What kid doesn't want presents?!? She sweetly replied, "I have enough things mom, I don't need anything."
So this year, I added a special request to her birthday invitations: In lieu of gifts to please bring a warm coat and a canned food donation for those in need.
She got a couple small gifts, but everyone brought a coat! We have a huge bag of brand new children's coats to donate and lots of canned foods. The Princess was so excited after the party. She said, "We're going to keep a lot of kids warm this winter!"
I think we can all take a lesson from The Princess. She definitely made me think... If your little one has a birthday coming up, maybe you can suggest the idea to them. They may pleasantly surprise you with what they choose to do. :)
Thank you for reading! Take care and God bless!