I'm sure many of you are like me, and wondering how on earth is it November already with Christmas around the corner? I recently did a bit of a spring clean of the house putting away toys and other items that Hunter isn't really using, in preparation for the gifts that Santa is going to bring. As I cleaned up yet another pile of toys (for the umteenth time that day) I started thinking about all of those less fortunate and those that would do anything to see their children smile whilst playing with their newest brightly coloured plastic toy. Sometimes I am frustrated at the fact that my louge room looks as though a tornado has ripped through it, or when I step on random pieces of duplo camouflaged by the rug but I try and remind myself that this is how my little man expands his knowledge base and fine tunes his motor skills.
Some kids don't have this opportunity, some parents struggle to put food on the table despite working 2 jobs. There are people out there that come home late from work every single day and miss out on kissing their babies goodnight because they are trying to make ends meet.
Christmas and the holiday season is often the happiest time of the year with functions, family time, presents and celebrations but it is also a really good time to give back a little bit to the community if you have the time/resources available. I have volunteered to help the Smith Family deliver presents to those in need and plan on donating additional clothes/toys. There are so many things we can do to help whether it be volunteering for meals on wheels, putting a gift under the KMart wishing tree or even just spending time with someone who is lonely or without family. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday period and forget about the true meaning of Christmas, and forget that one small gesture can make a huge impact on others lives.