To all the beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents,
We feel very blessed to have you all in our lives. The holiday season is the time we most experience your warmth and caring for our family. We very much look forward to spending time with you and we love to see the ways you enjoy the children and marvel at their growth. The generosity you show in your thoughtful gifts to the kids is always appreciated.
This year, we'd like to offer some gift suggestions that will hopefully make holiday shopping easier for you, and the holiday aftermath easier for Matthew and I. Each year, we come home from family parties with carloads of plastic, packaging, electronics, and do-dads. By the second day home with the kids' new treasures, toys are already broken, game pieces are lost, and an insatiable desire for MORE STUFF seems to infect the kids like an addiction. Last week, after what felt like the 100th trip to Goodwill with another box of old toys, we decided to have this year be a NO-TOY Christmas. There are many alternatives we have listed for you. Please don't feel confined to the list and feel free to call us if you have questions. Also, the older kids have chosen a charity that they will be donating 10% of any money they receive in Christmas cards. We've listed them so that you can make a donation in their name if you'd like.
-Ice Skating Pass
-Roller Skating Pass
-Rock Climbing Pass
-Restaurant, or ice cream or candy shop gift certificate
-Music CD's or iTunes credit
-Music or Theatre Performance Tickets
-Memberships to museums, cultural organizations, etc.
*Please call me if you're considering a membership to a museum or other organization so I can make sure we don't get doubles.
Mara-Hunger Task Force
Elijah-Rainforest Conservation Fund