One of my goals this holiday season was to show my kids that Christmas is not just about gifts… show them through charity and volunteering that their life really isn’t as bad as they sometimes think despite the fact that they dont’ have all the newest and greatest things out on the market.

So last night at religion class we were trying to find a couple of angel gifts to pull off the angel tree. Problem is, these kids are asking for far more than my own kids will get. They are asking for Nintendo DS, for Playstation and XBox games, for Lego kits that run almost to triple digits.

Maybe it’s just me, but reconciling that is a tough pill to swallow. I was holding my breath, hoping that one of my kiddos didn’t pipe up in front of everyone and ask if they could hang their wish list on the tree :)