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Share the Joy this Holiday Season

You guys, we don’t do Santa in our house.

Wait, wait before you start shouting “you’re a bad mother” or “you don’t love your kids!!” Let me explain just a bit.

First of all, I don’t think Santa is bad. I don’t think you are bad parents if you do Santa. I grew up that way and wasn’t scarred for life. To each their own.

In our house we celebrate Jesus’s birth. When he came to this world to live here among us and die on the cross for our sins. It’s not about getting presents (although my kids do!). It’s not about the traditions (although those are fun!). It’s not about us.

It’s about giving. It’s about sharing. It’s about thinking of others. I hope that my boys will always have a good understanding that even if we are broke, even if we won’t get a ton of toys for Christmas, there are always others who have more needs.

And I want them to think about those people. I want them to want to help those people. We can always do something, we can always do something.

So this holiday season we decided to give back in a small way. I wanted to involve my boys to help them get a taste of giving back. With the help of Cost Plus World Market, we were able to brighten up a few lives!

We made the trip to Cost Plus World Market to find some amazing goodies to give to others. I have to admit, it was a little hard keeping the boys on track with so much yumminess around us, but they did okay. the boys

They thought someone would like these cookies.

the boys helping

And of course, everyone needs Santa candies.


I, of course, went for the coffee. Everyone needs some more coffee, right?

In the end, I am so excited with what we put together. We shopped at the Cost Plus World Market in Simi Valley. Can I just say, the management was amazing. They were so kind and helpful. They walked me around and showed me options. I gave them a price range and they stuck to it. They were fabulous.

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They have a basket making service available which was incredible. At no extra charge, too! After we had picked what we wanted for our gifts, the supervisor, Shannon, put it all together for me in a pretty little basket. You can pick a basket from the books they have available, or they have premade baskets, or you can put your own basket together. The options were endless and with all the fun goodies at World Market, you really can’t go wrong. Perfect for a hostess gift this holiday season too.

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They first person we wanted to share with was the mother of one of our friends from church. She recently lost her husband of many years and will be spending her first Christmas alone. I can’t even imagine how hard that must be, no matter what your age. I brought the boys over to give her the basket, because who doesn’t love bundles of energy running around to lighten up your day? Sometimes a little too much energy if you ask me, but we did our best.

She loved it. She was so thankful. We got to sit and talk to her and her daughter for a little time while the boys played. It was so lovely. I think that she truly enjoyed her gift and was so thankful. I feels good to be thought of. It feels good to have people pay attention to you. It felt good to do that for her.

Oh, and everything in the basket was a big hit!! Whoo-hoo!

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The second basket we made went to my grandpa. He recently had a major stomach surgery after they found cancer in stomach. He has a huge scar, which of course he had to show us, and has been down and out because medications are making him sick.

The reason I wanted to do my own grandpa is because if you knew them, you would know that my grandpa is a rock star. He is 87 and went snow-skiing last year. He is in incredible health, except for the recent cancer, and is very active. He is the last of his breed in that he can create pieces of art from a block of wood. He built his first house in California from the ground up by himself. Those of you reading this that know my grandpa understand. He’s amazing.

Well, this getting old thing is a booger. He’s been really sick and hasn’t been out of bed. He is a super personable guy (read: will talk to anyone, anywhere) and loves company. Obviously, that hasn’t been happening lately. So we wanted to lift his spirits, especially during the holiday season.

Aside from still feeling pretty crappy, he loved it. More than anything, he loved us showing up to share the joy. He loves my boys and was so happy to see everyone. He also loved showing off his scar. It was a quick visit, but I am so glad we went to share love love and joy this holiday season.

You guys, it was so easy. I didn’t have to spend that much time in the store because the workers were so helpful. The option of them packaging my gifts made it so I didn’t have to warp anything myself. World Market really made it easier to try to teach my kids a little bit about giving this holiday season.

They also have a Share the Joy Sweepstakes going on right now. Here’s some details:

  • Grand Prize package includes: A $5,000 American Express Gift Card for you and $5,000 for a charity of your choice
  • You could be one of 5 winners (one winner per week).
  • The Share the Joy Sweepstakes ends 12/21/12.

You can connect with World Market through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, and Pinterest. And trust me, you want to. They are always posting about amazing deals & sales going on. Definitely good to know!!

Now tell me, how do you Share the Joy this holiday season? Leave a note in the comments to inspire others to get out there and share!


This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions and text are my own.

6 Responses to Share the Joy this Holiday Season

  1. MiMi December 17, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Man, I’m so on the verge of tears since Friday, this made me cry. Your grandpa is adorable and I want to give him a hug. And the lady who recently lost her husband. Perspective. 

    • Natalia December 17, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      Seriously, girl, perspective is the right word. We don’t do a ton of toys for Christmas partially cuz we’re broke and partially because I don’t want that to be what it’s about, you know? My grandpa is the dearest man you’ll ever meet and it stinks to see him so down and out. But we’re praying for a recovery and in the meantime trying to keep everything in perspective this year. And hopefully ever year no matter what the circumstances!

  2. Shari December 17, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Hi! We don’t do Santa either for the same reasons as your family. I normally come here for syle inspiration and have just recently become an email follower. Thanks for sharing such an inspirational post! You are teaching your children such an amazing lesson!

    • Natalia December 17, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      I am so glad you liked it! I hope I am teaching my kids a lesson. You know how you try so hard to get something through to them & you’re not sure if they got it? I can just keep praying for them and doing my best, I guess! Thank you for your encouragement today, I appreciate it!

  3. aimee steckowski December 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    great post Natalia!! we don’t do Santa either — our house is centered around Jesus the other 364 days a year – 1 more is exactly right! 🙂

    • Natalia December 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

      Thanks Aimee! It is nice to have someone understand! It can be hard to be the odd man out!

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