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Holiday Traditions with Kids | A Parade of Giving

Annessa Chumbley


Dec 14th, 2014

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Traditions =  a strong bond.  Holiday time is the ultimate time for instilling some fun filled & meaningful traditions. I am trying to impress on my kids (and myself) that a “thankful heart shares!”

Coming out of the month of thanksgiving, December is best spent demonstrating gratefulness by giving. Thankfulness should be an action…one of sharing & giving. One of the traditions we recently put into place was a personal “Parade of Giving” (kids love anything with the word “parade” in it:)  

We take one afternoon, and give to three places: a neighbor or elderly friend, the homeless shelter in the community where we live, and the animal shelter. It’s fun to load up the car with several treats, and take a vehicle full of joy around to serve others. I’ve discovered that doing this ignites many questions in their little minds, and puts the focus of the season where it should be…all year long. 

Giving Parade

Try these tasty recipes as gifts!

Christmas Bread

Give to a neighbor or friend: 
Ginger-Orange-Walnut Holiday Bread 
This recipe is truly gift-giving bread. Gorgeous, delicious, and good for for you!
Eat a slice warm with a spread of coconut butter
or fresh whipped butter and a cup of rich black coffee.
Get the recipe here.

Holiday Pretzels

Give to the Local Homeless Shelter:
Holiday Sprinkled White Chocolate Pretzels 
This was an easy way to make a special treat, that can be made in a big batch,
but then packaged up individually for each child at our local shelter.
The kids were in charge of the sprinkles (of course), packaging them up, and giving them to our local shelter.
Get the recipe here.

Dog Treats

 Give to the Local Animal Shelter:
Homemade Christmas Cookie Dog Treats 
Put in containers to gift to the furry friends in your life, or give a big container to your local Animal Shelter.
And, they are impossible to mess up!
Furry friends are not picky eaters, thankfully.


1 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick oats In a bowl, whisk peanut butter and milk until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a dough ball forms.
Roll out onto a floured surface.
Use holiday cookie cutters, and place shapes onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 – 15 minutes.  Remove and let cool.



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