Little ones love the candles, the magic, the fun, and attention the tradition brings.
For reasons that aren’t logical we wait each year for this Activity Card, “Let’s Choose a Charity to Give To,” to show up. We save all the mail and email requests for donations that come in over the fall for when this card is pulled out of the CandleTime bag. Then we finally get to decide to who and how much we will give to organizations, charities and causes, this Christmas.
With online giving it’s gotten so simple to give to organizations that need our support and yet it doesn’t diminish the fun and joy of giving—that is still real. The process of choosing, whether it’s just you, you and your partner, or kids and adults, leads to discussions that show what each person values. It can be a lovely discovery.
If you have several different preferences of where to give, consider giving smaller amounts so each person can feel the joy of giving to a cause they value. Even a small amount makes a difference!
Turns out my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter is loving the CandleTime Meditations. Here she is doing the short—2 1/2 minute—meditation on Love in place of the Daily Readings. The smile on her face is because she’s sending a wish of happiness to someone she loves…. which just could be her brand new baby brother sleeping in Daddy’s lap. Do we think Dad is meditating with her or catching a few zzzzz’s in the quiet!
Thought I’d share that as an option for those of you with younger ones who aren’t always into the Readings.
Don’t have a candle snuffer? We actually call it a candle snuffler and it’s really useful for keeping candle wax from blowing or spilling onto important things. This creative family used a spoon instead. So clever!
Can’t tell you how good it is to take these few moments a day and focus on things that are fulfilling and meaningful. Bill, my husband, and I are really enjoying the new readings and the new activity cards. We have donated to the Food Pantry near us and tomorrow we go to get the tree! It feels good to be doing CandleTime again!