Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours!

Merry Christmas.....from our home to yours! I hope everyone has a wonderful time with family and friends!

We spent our Christmas Eve morning enjoying a tradition Luke started 4 years ago. Our sweet 89 year old neighbor next door "gifts" Luke some of his loose change from time to time. Four years ago Luke received a huge bag of change from Andy around Christmas time. Later that day without saying anything to any of us Luke snuck tissue paper and tape into his room and wrapped up several "packages" of loose change. He then announced that he wanted to give these packages to the homeless. So, four years ago he started a tradition of putting packages together that we distribute Christmas Eve morning. It was such a beautiful morning as we drove about to find our "friends". A few years ago there was someone we had given a package to that stuck out in Luke's mind, so we went back to that particular area to see if we could find him...and we did. I think he was surprised when Luke called him by name to wish him a Merry Christmas. As we drove about it felt so good to know that this was something our son had instigated, and I could only imagine this being something he does with his own children some day.

Below is Luke putting change into little baggies that he then put into Christmas stocking type bags...he also added some granola bars, water, and toiletries.

Reid enjoyed the morning too.....but was ready for a nap so he could be all rested up to go to his grandma's this evening....and then wait for Santa's visit!
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12 comments:

Junior said...

wow, what a wonderful tradition and so special that it is something your son started.
Have a very Merry Christmas

Nan P. said...

Sweet of Luke to do such a thing!

Nice photo of Reid... I hope that he got lots of nice presies from Santa.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas all the way from France where I am for a few days... before doing it all over again back in Ireland... 2 christmases are better than one! ;-)

My name is Sarah said...

Great photos:) Merry Christmas!!

Heidi said...

What a great tradition Luke started! He sounds like an incredible boy - so thoughtful and caring.

I hope you had a great Christmas - I love your Christmas card - you have a beautiful family!

Michelle said...

what a giving heart your son has! and what a wonderful idea to do, and keep doing, every year! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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Kele said...

What a beautiful tradition! That Luke never ceases to amaze me!

Heather said...

Love to you my friend.Hope the holiday was all you wanted and hoped for.Your boys are amazing.Look at that sleeping angel and Luke .... such a sweetheart.I have the cup he made Zoey up on our shelf in the kitchen cabinet just waiting for that day when she will drink!!Beautiful incentive.

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Bethany said...

Aww, I love that! Special little boy you got on your hands there ... and both of their blond hair blows me away every time I see it! Merry Christmas!

Kelly said...

Proud parents you must be! You have been blessed with "2" precious "gifts"! Happy Holidays!

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