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My daughter is very fortunate in the fact that the magic of Christmas is not unknown to her. She has family and friends who are blessed enough to gift to her most of the things on her Christmas list. A week ago her Nana bought and wrapped the Number One item on her Christmas Wish List this year. While I try to instill giving in her year round, sometimes the intoxication of Christmas magic can overshadow the simplicity of Christmas spirit for a little girl. For this reason, my husband and I enlist her specific help in packing gifts for local charitable organizations. She assists in choosing the gifts, packing them, and dropping them off at the appropriate location. This year, I was particularly proud of my daughter when she chose the items for our gifting shoe box. We have been loving the new Hallmark Northpole movie, and we have watched it many times over already. When I took her to Walmart to chose items for our gifts, she picked out Northpole merchandise for our box. She said that she enjoyed the movie so much that she wanted others to know the magic of it, too. Needless to say, I thought it was an excellent idea.
For this particular outreach, we were packing shoeboxes for a local Operation Christmas Child campaign. This donation project has already passed, but the point of this post isn’t to push a particular charity or organization. There are so many worthy charitable organizations that collect gifts this time of year. Some of them are national, and some of them are specifically local. I guarantee, though, that no matter where you are reading this post, you can probably name at least five to seven Christmas donation projects off the top of your head. Places that gather and distribute toys and other goods to children who otherwise would not receive much of anything for Christmas. We always pack the boxes and stockings that we donate with necessities like socks and toothbrushes, but why not pack a little magic in there, as well?
Northpole is a wonderful holiday movie that embodies the Christmas spirit of family togetherness and giving back to others and the community. If you haven’t seen the movie, I’m not going to spoil it for you, but trust me when I say the merchandise from the movie encourages these principles, as well. For our project, we purchased the Once Upon A Northpole Christmas story book + Find Me Santa Snowflake, the Magic snowball, the Peppermint Ring Fling, and the Snow Now! (Instant snow: just add water and a little magic).
The story book is a lovely adaption of the movie, and it is accompanied with the Find Me Santa Snowflake that lights up for up to two hours at a time. I couldn’t fit the book in our box (boo!), but we detached the snowflake and added it in the box with the other items.
For a sneak peek inside of the book, I’ve made a fun Instagram video that showcases it!
After the fact, I also remembered that our box has the potential of being sent to a child who doesn’t speak English, so it was probably best that I added the book to another donation project. No matter where a child lives, the Magic snowball, the Peppermint Ring Fling, and the Snow Now! (Instant snow: just add water and a little magic) is sure to be a magical treat. The Peppermint Ring Fling is a fun family game that two family members can enjoy together. One person wears the hat on their head while the other player tried to toss the rings around the hat. It makes me smile to think of children somewhere else in the world playing this game together!
While I’m proud of my daughter having a desire to give on any level, it makes my heart especially happy when she chooses to give things that she would particularly like to have herself. I know, even if she cannot express it in words, that she correlates these products from a movie she loves with a happy time of family and snuggling and Christmas. These are feelings that she hopes to pass on through a simple gift.
During our shopping trip at Walmart for these items, I also noticed many adults on the same aisle who were purchasing Northpole items. Some of them were my age with small kids, and others were elderly people who were hugging the Snowball the polar bear Plush or admiring the Northpole Communicator. It struck me in that aisle that everyone, no matter the age, appreciates a little Northpole Magic.
Now I want to know: Do you give to any specific charitable organization during Christmas?