This Christmas will be my first ever spent away from either my family or Kyle. It is not one I am particularly excited about since what I most enjoy about Christmas is spending time with the people who are important in my life. Of course I love the food, and the presents, but sometimes I feel like we loose the true meaning of what it is about, and get too wrapped up in the pressure of topping last years gift with something even more spectacular and expensive. I found this video on a cool blog I have been reading lately and I felt that it really helped to put things into perspective. Please don't take offense because, I, like most people love presents, and I don't feel that I am better than anyone else, but this video definitely makes one think?
What are some things that we could do to help simplify Christmas? One thing I was thinking about was since I am out of the country this year, anyone who wanted to give me a gift could donate money in my name. Unicef is a great organization that helps children specifically in many areas including education, nutrition, medical attention etc. There are so many organizations and non-profits that do amazing work all around the world, assisting others that have much more need than you or I have for a Christmas present. It is something to consider anyways.
In other news, today I made my first teacher blunder. I used a permanent marker on a white board. The kids found it hilarious as my face began to change from pink to tomato red. After class I payed three kids in red stickers (reward stickers that they equate with gold) to clean the board for me. They discovered regular pencil erasers will do the trick if rubbed hard enough! It wasn't my proudest moment :)