Reinforce Your Child's Giving Habit with Holiday Charitable Traditions

Operation Holiday CardFamily traditions are a wonderful way to turn positive behaviors — like charitable giving — into regular habits, and year-end holidays provide the perfect anchor point for establishing annual charitable traditions with your kids.

This year, we continued our simple but powerful Thanksgiving tradition of making hand-made holiday cards for the troops as originally described in this quick charitable family project post two years ago.

If you’d like to participate in Operation Holiday Card this year too, you’ll have to hurry! Your cards need to arrive to the team in Shreveport by Wednesday, November 30th.

Looking for examples or perhaps a little creative inspiration? Here are our cards from this year. The heartfelt messages give me goosebumps every time I read them.

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Happy holidays!


Keyuri Joshi aka The Blog Post Author

I just love traditions like yours. This is the "stuff" that goes on for generations and has a wide trickle down effect.

Our family has created a similar tradition by giving small business loans to entrepreneurs through kiva.org. It's fun for kids to choose the person / business they wish to support.

Bill Dwight aka The Blog Post Author

Awesome Keyuri - love the Kiva concept and mission. -Bill

Scott aka The Blog Post Author


Thanks so much for linking this on LinkedIn. I really wish I had known about it earlier as it seems like doing these things become an afterthought unless we're intentional about them. Next year, this one is going to be intentional for my family. Again, thanks!


Bill Dwight aka The Blog Post Author


I agree. When charitable activities ad hoc, they fall off the plate easily. Turning the activity into a tradition tied to a recurring holiday or regular event is a great way to make it habitual and more "automatic". Thank you for stopping by.


P.S. I love the mission of your blog at http://daddydaughterdate.wordpress.com/

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