Yes, Christmas is traditionally a religious holiday but it is celebrated by many secular families as a time of giving and family.
In our home, we are secular and we celebrate Christmas, but we celebrate it as a time of giving to others and family. Before our children were even born, we knew that we wanted them to know that while they are fortunate to have their needs met, not all people are. Therefore we give to those less fortunate.
We give in many ways, book drives, coat drives, food drives, toy drives. The angel or giving tree at the local mall, money in the Salvation Army pot, food to the local animal shelters and clearing out things we do not need for the thrift stores. Here are some ways to give that won't break the bank!
- Food Drives: I always have a spot in my pantry for spare food for food drives. Don't pass up those coupons that say FREE item or BOGO! Even if you don't need the item or need just 1, grab it anyways and set it aside for food drives! When stores have a a great sale, grab 2. Doing a little at a time all year barely touches your pocketbook!
- Toy Drives: I found Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads online for $5 each! Grabbed them for the daycare kiddos and grabbed a couple extra to put in the toy drive! I am always on the hunt for new in package toys at the thrift stores. You wouldn't believe how many of these I find! I save them for the toy drives as well.