Just a few minutes ago my oldest daughter, BalletGirl (age 11) and I got to do a wonderful thing for a few very dear friends that we met in the past 5 months. But before I tell you about them let me tell you about what we did. We were recently sent a tree trimming box from Kmart called The Jacyln Smith Velvet Vision collection that we were asked to give to someone.
We are calling this a “decorate it forward” but it is still more of a pay it forward if you ask me. I knew it would take a bit to figure out just who I wanted to share these with and see who would actually accept it. Lets face it even though everyone is down in the luck these days not everyone will let others help them out.
Okay about the collection:
This was a very, very gorgeous collection everything is color coordinated with red, purple, green and golds. This is more of a lady theme because it comes complete with cowgirl boots in green, purple and red with glitter on them, there are also purple and red high heels with glitter. With those two alone you can tell this would not be just a manly tree for anyone that wanted to decorate. Purple and gold ribbons that stream down the tree and a giant tree skirt that is just darling. There are also two types of musical instruments that are gold and white which are trumpets and french horns.
Off to drop off the ornaments:
Okay, the original person (Mrs. TatooGal) I was dropping this off with has a little baby boy that I was terrified might break the glass purple ornaments and hurt himself and I would never forgive myself. This is a dear family though as they have been there to share with moments in the past 5 months while we lived at the hotel. People you share secrets with and spend time talking with and getting to know. Life isn’t easy and I know everyone that we got to know in the past few months were in the same position we’ve been in and I wanted to help them out by just giving them a little something, even if it was ornaments.
See they have more kids then us so I know how it goes with Christmas time and hard times. When I realized I couldn’t help them I still wanted to but wasn’t sure how. I decided to ask another friend (Ms.S) whom I had met at the hotel, if her daughters would enjoy some decorations for their tree since they had one. She said yes and we happily drove over today to drop them off, only to find out she had left and isn’t due back until tomorrow or after Christmas. My daughter looked sad, she couldn’t wait to give this box to someone, honestly she loved everything in it.
Before leaving I thought really hard about what to do and decided to call another family I had heard had a tree up that might need a few more decorations. Mrs. Coltsfan agreed to have us come up and help decorate her tree a bit. She has a blue Colts tree but I must admit she seemed really happy to see the high heels and took those, green sparkle ornaments, a few of the instruments and ribbons for her tree. She didn’t take all of the ornaments so I quickly decided that I could still surprise Mrs. Tattoogal and family. See what I didn’t mention was I had decided to purchase a Christmas tree for them early on and did it this morning. I wasn’t sure if they would need one but if they did I wanted it to be in the van. Sure enough they didn’t have one just yet so on our way out I left the ornaments outside and brought the tree over to them and asked them if they would take the tree. I explained that I had one already and we had already decorated Mrs. Coltsfan’s tree and that tree had no home. Finally she accepted the tree and then I was able to convince her to pick out a few ornaments.
Before leaving everyone hugged and wished each other a very Merry Christmas. I still have a few ornaments I will find to give to someone and a tree skirt that will probably go under my tree since no one had space for it under their trees. On the way home my daughter told me “Thank you for bringing me mom, that made me feel really good.” I know just what she means, it always feels good when you are able to do something for someone else. Just as we got home my daughter told me, “I want to do this more often and when I grow up I’m going to be rich but I’m still going to pay it forward.” Now that is holiday spirit. I love this girl!
Oh and before you think we jipped Ms. S I did leave a present for both of her daughters that are waiting in the office for her to pick up already wrapped.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All opinions and pictures are my own. I did not have to buy gifts, nor did I have to purchase a tree, all we needed to do was give the tree trimming kit to them.