The thing I love most about this time of year is a program called Operation Christmas Child. You take an ordinary shoebox, fill it with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and a note, take it to a local church who will send it to Samaritan's Purse, who will carry your box around the world and give it to a needy child. It may be the first present that child has ever received. What a tangible way to show little children that God loves them, and they are precious in His sight! If you're interested in filling a shoebox, you can go to the Samaritan's Purse website to see where in your city you can drop off your box: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC They collect boxes until Nov 24, so that they still have time to ship them around the world before Christmas. Here's a video about the program:
I love this ministry, and try to do as many boxes as I can each year! Please join me.