One day when my kids no longer believe in Santa Claus, I’ll be sad. But I’ll also be excited because we’ll be able to start choosing more experiential gifts for one another during the Holidays, like travel. Right now if we go away during the Holiday Season, the usual Santa-load is expected. Yes, this is a monster that I created, but I’m willing to eat that so long as they believe in the magic of Christmas.
But thanks to the amount of travel they have done, my children understand how much they have by seeing others who live with much less. One of my favourite conversations with my daughter was about how families live in Cuba. We chatted about how the Cuban families we’ve met live in much smaller homes with much fewer possessions. I asked her if they seemed unhappy, and she said no. Through the gift of travel my children are understanding that there is no one “perfect” way to live, but so long as your needs are met and you have a loving family you have every reason to be happy.
Travel expands all five of your senses, and being able to share this gift with my children makes me so grateful for the privilege. You see new things, hear new sounds, smell new smells, taste new foods and feel new things – like sand between your toes or the ancient stone of a centuries-old fort. Travel is a gift, and I delight in sharing it with my kids.
But the Holiday Season is not all about them, and they know that. Every year we donate to a family in need. Though my daughter’s school we also donate to a family. But we are well aware that our health is probably our most precious gift of all. For every share on Facebook of this video, KINDER® will donate $1.00 (up to $5000) to the Children’s Miracle Network – the non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals.
KINDER® Eggs are a staple for us as a travel treat, and also inhabit our children’s stockings every year. They are a wonderful combination of treat and toy, and something they enjoy as a special treat just for them.
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