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Operation Christmas Child Party and Holiday Season Kick-off

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From The Runaway Dilettante to you: welcome to the Christmas season! That means holiday posts, holiday baking, Christmas parties, Christmas decorating, holiday music, everything! I’m smiling even as I write this – I truly sometimes believe I belong in Dr. Seuss’s Whoville.

You might have also noticed that The Runaway Dilettante has had a makeover! I thought this was a good way to kick off this awesome phase of posts, so now the site has a fresh new look to go along with fresh festive posts. =)

My room has been decorated for a good week now (and my playlist was loaded with Christmas music well before then), but my first real Christmas activity was hosting an Operation Christmas Child shoebox-packing party.

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I’ve wanted to do this for years now but the date always slipped by, so I was so excited to finally have put it together this year. I tend to get so involved with holiday traditions that I often don’t end up doing something actually worthwhile for the season (maybe some of you can relate), so sending a shoebox of gifts to a child in a developing country is certainly a highlight for me already.

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Sitting around a table piled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities, snacking on snowman cookies and cranberry bars courtesy of Starbucks, and drinking mugs of hot chocolate was a perfect way to ease into the holidays. I only wish we could have packed more shoeboxes, but ten is a good start I suppose.

I even made up little “About Me” pages that we put in the boxes so the child could know a little bit about where their gift came from! In case you host your own shoebox party next year, here’s the printable for you!

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Are you all excited for the holidays?! Are you looking forward to any special traditions that fall around this time of year? I have oh-so-many, but I won’t spoil them yet and you can see them all as I write about them over the next month. =)

I can’t wait to share this Christmas season with you! And this is the perfect time to delve into all of your hobbies and crafts and party-planning and decorating and baking: the true dilettante style.

Christmas was just made for us it appears.

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