Favorite Holiday Traditions- Teri

It is Christmas time, which means people are participating in family traditions. Traditions can be an important part of people's lives as they create connectedness, stability, and a sense of family as we have something to look forward to. This week Imagine Hope staff will be sharing some of our favorite personal traditions. We hope you enjoy our stories and see the value in having traditions in your own families! Teri's Tradition- Operation Christmas Child

Christmas is a season of giving! Not just buying the latest and greatest gifts for loved ones, but also for giving to those who aren't able to have the luxuries we have.

Operation Christmas Child (http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/index/) is a tradition we do as a family every year that I also participated in as a teen in my church youth group. This ministry has you pack a shoe box filled with school supplies, toys, and toiletries for it to be delivered to a child in need across the world.

As I walk up and down the aisles of the store with my kids each year, we talk about how the boy or girl they are buying for isn't able to have crayons, a teddy bear, or even a toothbrush! They look at me shocked and I remind them how blessed we are to have what we have. This tradition is important to us as it serves a reminder to have gratitude and a spirit of giving rather than "getting".

It feels good to give back all times during the year. We live in a world of over indulgence where we take the basics for granted too often. Take a step back and look at all you have been blessed with. Maybe it is time for you to have a tradition of giving this holiday season too!

Check back tomorrow for more!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.