It seems that once Thanksgiving rolls on, as a general rule people become more obsessed with wanting and needing. Wanting to buy the perfect gift to show that you care, needing those certain gifts that you are sure will somehow make you happier. Somehow every year we all get caught up in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, staking out stores and stalking websites for discounts and sales. Thankfully I’ve never been into either, the idea of long lines, and crowds is far from appealing and I guess I’ve just never needed that many “things” to feel happy.
As my son finishes his first few months in Kindergarten, he sat me and Mr BAM down to talk about the list he would like to present to Santa. I’m still reeling at the length of this thing! Who is this kid that we have always taught to choose only one thing that he really wants for his birthday (of course, we end up buying a little more). After talking it through with his classmates, it seems that Santa can and will bring anything – great, who is telling him these lies!
It has always been important to me that he knows holidays and birthdays are not just about receiving, but about giving too. So I love the concept of Giving Tuesday, which is the Tuesday after Cyber Monday and is a new day of giving thanks. Brilliant! A concept as old as time, but that seems to have been forgotten by so many.
Giving Tuesday is a call to action to retailers, charities, online organizations, community centers, individuals, families and more to come together to create #GivingTuesday. It’s a national moment among the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
On November 27, you have the opportunity to introduce your family and networks to Giving Tuesday. Make it as an important part of your holiday calendar as Christmas, Hanukah or Thanksgiving.
You can help spread the message and spread your stories of giving on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow the #givingtuesday conversation on Twitter to be inspired. I’ll be sharing ways families and children can give on the Mama goes BAM Facebook page and Twitter stream.