In day-to-day life, this doesn't always feel like a reality. Sibling squabbles and childish selfishness can get in the way of ideals and dreams.
So, we endeavour to do good things with the kids, in very overt ways, so they can see how good it feels to do good for others.
Our kids get a generous weekly allowance but they don't get to spend it all. Some they have to put aside for savings and some they put aside for charity or (as it is known in this house) Tzedakah. In past years, we have taken the saved up Tzedakah and the children have chosen a large toy to place under the charity Christmas tree at our local department store. Their gifts have gone to children their own age who otherwise might not have received a gift at Christmas time.
This year, we did things a little differently. Jake expressed a desire to do something for the homeless and to be able to give a gift in person, rather than leave an anonymous gift. He wanted to make a personal connection.
So, inspired projects like this one, we took the children's Tzedakah money (and some of ours also) and we bought five backpacks and went shopping for useful and nice things to put inside.
Each pack had some non-perishable food items, some toiletries, some practical items like pen, paper, drink bottle, etc and a MYKI card with $10 credit for using our local public transport system.
Today was the day to hand them out.
Here we are with our backpacks on, ready to go and give them away.
We headed in to the city on the train and walked until we met someone who looked like they might need a little kindness. We introduced ourselves and gave them each a backpack and wished them a happy holiday. All backpacks were received with grace, dignity and good humour.
And this is how we all felt afterwards!
I hope you all have a peaceful and loving holiday season.
Love Andi xx