Friday, December 17, 2004

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!

Well, tonight is my office’s Kid’s Christmas Party. It’s an event that my children always look forward to. And with good reason – this company puts on an amazing event every year. Our CEO really knows how to party. Tonight they will be having pizza, making cookies and crafts, getting a custom-made T-shirt and loot bags, and participating in the “Snake Guys” show – they cart in a whole bunch of reptiles, snakes, and large spiders, and the kids get to learn about them and pet them.

Then, Santa comes in and hands out nicer gifts than we’ll be getting our kids this Christmas. Frankie will be getting a Laser Tag set, complete with two guns, vests, and cool headsets (Arthur is very excited about this gift, as well). Benjy will be receiving a Pauper & Princess carriage replete with two horses, Barbie, and Ken. Now, the kids love the gifts, but I know that Benjy really looks forward to being able to sit on Santa’s lap and having a nice chat.

Tomorrow, we’ll be having a different kind of Kid’s party. Our company created a charity that helps families with technologically dependent or severely handicapped kids who need 24/7 care. We raise money to send the parents or caregivers away for a weekend vacation, and pay for the kids to go to a specially equipped “country club” where they get to do fun things and can get the level of care that they need. It’s wonderful to be able to help the families, who are always very grateful.

Anyway – tomorrow is our Christmas party for these kids. Frankie and I have volunteered to help out. It’s the least we can do for a company that’s given us so much, and it also helps us to appreciate how fortunate we are. For instance, a special puree machine has to be brought in so that we can grind up the pizza we’ll be serving for lunch for those kids that get fed through a tube. I don’t know about you, but I often get so caught up in making sure that the kids have “enough” gifts under the tree that I forget about how blessed I am to be able to afford those gifts in the first place, and give them to very healthy children.

May this holiday season remind us all how fortunate we are.


At 3:30 PM, Blogger Dean said...

Oh, MAN your office kid's party sounds cool.

We don't have one here. Maybe I should try to get one going for next year.

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Kate said...

When I read about the Kid's Party, I just thought how appropriate it sounds.
Hope you enjoyed it.

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Kicking Bitch said...

I've never even worked for an office that did anything for GROWN-UPS! I can't believe all that! You made out in the job department!

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Rachel - Wicked Ink said...

It sounds wonderful... Makes me wonder if we shouldn't be doing something like that with the organization I work for - I mean, there is only 6 people here, and although half of us have younger children, it's not enough to make a big deal out of. However, we are a non-profit business org which has over 500 members, and some of them must have kids.

Hmmmm - thoughts for next year already. I hope you all had a wonderful time! It sounds like it was guaranteed.


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