Then there is the giving. Giving can be fun too - maybe not so much the shopping part, that can be stressful, especially if you just had a conversation like that one up above. Definitely stressful! But it can make your heart feel happy too.
A few years ago we learned about an organisation called Samaritan's Purse. More specifically, their 'Operation Christmas Child' project. When we told Hayden about it he was excited to be involved, and announced that he was going to use his birthday money to buy the presents for his 'shoe box kid'. We have enjoyed taking part each year since, until this year, when we just didn't get ourselves organised in time, and found another way to give instead (a goat with an affro - more on that soon!)
Here is a scrapbook page I did after the first shoebox we filled. This was before SU made it to NZ, so uses non-SU supplies, and Hayden's own writing for the gift tag/title. My idea was to make it look like a big gift box - but it is one of those layouts that I have never been entirely satisfied with. I love the subject, though and so here it is: