December Daily: Days 4-7


I put together four more days of my December Daily over the weekend.

Day Four was about Christmas books. I buy a few new ones every year and now we have a whole shelf of Christmas books. Isaac and I read a few after school every day for his reading log and Andrew is always taking them off the shelf to look at.


Day Five was about watching Home Alone. :)


And Day Six was a rough one! Every year one of our advent activities is to buy a toy for our church’s toy drive and every year it is VERY hard for Andrew.  I do this activity with them to try to build a sense of generosity…but never once have I felt like it worked.  I usually take away from the experience “they are not that generous…”  But…we never go to toy stores.  And so to go to a toy store and buy a toy for some kid they will never meet…I think I can understand why it’s so hard.  Dave and I have talked about other ways to encourage generosity in them without it being so painful.  Dave is a regular contributor to Kiva (a micro-loan program where you donate to support a specific person with a specific career goal).  We talked about including Andrew on Dave’s next Kiva donations. Maybe seeing us being generous is a better way to go rather than the toy store torture.  Will we continue with the toy store trip next advent?  I’m not sure…I’d like to.  But I think I need to work on reframing it.


And then on the 7th, I recorded our trip to see ET at the movie theatre.

In other news…


It’s snowing! I am tempted to ignore the work I have to do today and just sit and watch the snow. It’s SO beautiful. :)

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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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3 Responses to December Daily: Days 4-7

  1. Ruth says:

    It’s a tough one, teaching the art of a generous act, isn’t it? The Brainy One is involved in a scheme that sounds very similar to the one Dave is in.
    Your album looks wonderful, even at this early stage!

  2. Debs says:

    Oh poor Andrew! How hard to choose something for a total stranger when you would desperately want it for yourself. I love that picture of him watching Home Alone; I remember my son loving it too! And there is someone in my house who was very excited to see that picture of the snow!

  3. Susan says:

    Our toy drive works differently, I think. The kids pick a tag with an age, a gender, and a specific toy request. We always try to pick a matching one for each kid and this year M and J are using their own allowance money to get the gift. I think knowing, going in, just what gift they are getting and why helps a bit. But I also order them on Amazon :) I really wanted to do a real store this year but didn’t think I’d pull it off by the deadline.

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