Elaina: "Mommy, what is this magazine with a girl holding a goat?"
Me: "Oh, that is Mrs. Campbell's magazine, it came in the mail today. That is what some people do for Christmas. Instead of getting presents, they go through the magazine and choose a chicken or a goat for a family in Africa. They send their money for presents to buy the goat or chicken instead to help someone else have a better life."
Elaina: "Really? I want to do that!"
Sawyer: "Yeah me too!"
Skeptical Me: "Well, do you understand that means you don't get a present? The money that Daddy and I would use to buy Legos or dolls would buy a chicken for someone in Africa instead. Do you still want to do it?"
Sawyer: "Yeah! I want to send a big fat chicken! Besides, Christmas isn't all about presents anyway."
Elaina: "Yeah! I want to send a goat!"
Me: "Wow, guys, a lot of kids would say "Well, never mind about the kids in Africa, I'll choose presents instead." I'm proud of you."
Sawyer: "Oh Mom, for sure if you told those kids that the people getting the chicken are poor they would change their minds and give instead!"