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Dec 07 2012
5 years ago
2:22 PM MST

Hip2Save This Holiday: Musical Traditions

Dec 07, 2012 @ 2:22 PM MST
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Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post Submitted By Reader DeeDee…

A number of years ago, my husband and I decided to add a new tradition to our Christmas festivities. We wanted to do something special that our kids would enjoy, and at the same time put the focus back on the real meaning of Christmas – giving rather than receiving.  Since our family is fairly musical, we decided to go to a local nursing home and bring a little Christmas cheer to the residents by putting on a musical program.

Our 4 kids, ages 3 to 12 at the time, were unsure what to expect but became more and more excited as the day of our program drew near.  That night, we sang as a family and played a variety of instruments, even involving our little 3 year old in the singing of “Jingle Bells” and “Away in A Manger”.  The elderly people in attendance sang along…many of them out of tune…clapped to the familiar melodies, and then gave my children many handshakes, hugs, and choruses of “THANK YOU!” before we left that night.  Afterwards we surprised our children by taking them out for ice cream to thank them for giving of themselves so selflessly. It was a wonderful evening that touched all of our hearts and left us with cherished memories for years to come.

Years have passed by, but we still continue this family tradition.  Every year my children look forward to going to the nursing home to sing and perform for these precious people.  I think through this small act of service, my children have learned that it is definitely more blessed to give than to receive, and to me….this is what Christmas is truly all about.

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