November 18, 2016

Teaching Love During the Holiday Season

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Teaching Love During the Holiday Season
This holiday season is going to be different than before. We have a lot of grief this holiday season with a close family member passing and it is hard to fully be in the holiday spirit. We do love Christmas though and I want to teach my daughter some wonderful traditions so there are certain things that we plan to do to prepare for the birth of Jesus and to get in the holiday spirit.

My in-laws and Troy, Adalyn and I for breakfast with Santa last year!

1. Spend time together

There is nothing like time together as a family. Especially when emotional support is needed, time with family is the best. We may watch Christmas movies (my sister is the biggest Christmas movie lover ever- the cornier, the better!). Troy, Adalyn and I will decorate our home for Christmas together, etc.

2. Teaching the story of Jesus

Last year, Adalyn was too young to fully understand the meaning of Christmas but this year, I think that she will have a better understanding. I want to do something wonderful for each day of Advent- I haven't decided exactly what yet but something to get us in the holiday spirit and bring our moods up. We have lots of books about Christmas and Jesus and I cannot wait to teach her- that kid is like a sponge and loves to learn.

3. Help those in need

Huggies has a great program called the No Baby Unhugged Donation Program. Meijer and Huggies partnered together to encourage shoppers to give back to families in need during the holiday season. From 11/13/16-1/2/17, for every pack of Huggies purchased at Meijer, Huggies will donate a day's worth of diapers for the National Diaper Bank Network and Meijer will donate $1.

Meijer will donate up to $10,000 and Huggies will give up to 150,000 diapers. It will help to ensure that all babies that need diapers receive them. Some parents have trouble affording diapers and have to choose between food, paying rent, buying diapers, etc. All children should be able to have diapers!

What can you do to help? Buy Huggies diapers at Meijer. If you do not have a young child that needs diapers, you can buy them and donate them to someone in need. I like the Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes. We keep a package of the wipes next to our "potty training station" and the diapers, we use for naps and night. 

We are also stocking up on the Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for baby #2 who is going to join us in about 4 1/2 months. They are comfortable on baby, are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic and are good with leak prevention. In the newborn sizes, there is a cutout for the umbilical cord which is so helpful. Also, if you use the new Huggies Rewards App, you can donate your reward points to the National Diaper Bank. Learn more about the Every Little Bottom Study here. 

Mom and daughter time in the kitchen!

4. Cook together

There is nothing like eating a homemade meal together that shows love! When my mom spends all day making us a delicious meal for our birthdays, I know she loves us (not that that is what it takes to show love but we appreciate it!). I want to bake cookies with Adalyn. I want to teach her how to make different traditional dishes that are important in our family.

Breaking bread on Christmas Eve! A beautiful Polish tradition.

5. Share our culture and traditions

Our family has so many different traditions for the holidays that are super important to us. We bread bread with prayers on Christmas Eve. We eat the same Polish meal every year. We go to Church on Christmas Eve. We go to my parent's house on Christmas morning to open presents and have breakfast together. All of these traditions are filled with love and teaching Adalyn all of these traditions shows her our love.

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  1. We always bake cookies and things for the neighbors as a family, and then we go hand them out as a family. Fun traditions! #client

  2. Love is the greatest feeling to have towards humans.


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