Wow, I had no idea that my crayon wisdom would strike such a chord with all of you. But really, why is this surprising? You are My People. You Get It. And of course, y’all are pretty. Naturally we agree about the superiority of Crayolas.
As long as you’re all feeling the love with me, let me throw something else out there for you: I’ve mentioned that I stock extra toys in the gift closet and each Christmas I grab up a carload to take to Toys For Tots. But they are not my favorite holiday charity. My very favorite Yuletide activity is putting together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Check it out if you haven’t; it’s a wonderful outreach to bring school supplies, hygiene items and the holiday spirit (translation: some toys) to kids who might not otherwise have them.
I love it because it’s very varied yet doable; you fill a shoebox with as much as you can cram in there. The kids each do a box (with my help) and I do a box (or two) and it’s always a lot of fun. I like to play “how many tiny toys can I cram in here and then fill all the holes with lollipops,” myself, but you know how I am.
So. Why am I telling you this now? See those $.20 crayons, $.10 notebooks, etc.? Pick up extras. You’ll need them in December, and at pennies on the dollar, you can afford to be generous.