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That headline is really a foolish question. Of course you want to hang with Robert Downey Jr. and attend the Red Carpet Premiere of AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON after a day filled with Tony Stark-style adventures like indoor skydiving, a helicopter tour of the iconic Hollywood Sign, a stop at Randy's Donuts and a custom dress or tux fitting prior to a little pre-premiere caviar.  I do... and I can... you can... maybe we all can, if the pieces add up right. Your chance to do all of the above hangs on helping to do some good - by going to www.omaze.com/RDJ and donating as little as $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness. I just put $25 toward the cause personally. Check out Robert's message below...

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Note: An earlier version of this story originally appeared on General Motors' Fastlane site.

For centuries, the Legend of Santa Claus has evolved. From Saint Nicholas to Kris Kringle, Father Christmas to simply, Santa - this mysterious giver has taken many forms, appearing throughout the world under countless names to delight and inspire families by doing for others each and every holiday season.

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Step2 Brand AmbassadorFor the past two years, I've had the privilege of working with The Step2 Company, first as a "Test Driver" in 2013, and later a full-fledged Brand Ambassador in 2014. I've had some great adventures as part of the Step2 team, and it's gone well beyond just playing with toys and talking about cool products. The folks at The Step2 Company are a very kind and giving bunch, many of which are parents themselves, and after visiting their HQ in Streetsboro, Ohio this past summer, I saw first-hand the pride that they take in their toys - most of which are Made in the USA. Going above and beyond, Step2 has been there for me on other projects, like when I needed a great raffle prize for the annual Fall Fest at Addie's school this past October, they stepped-up with a fantastic Studio Art Desk. For our final project together for 2014, all of the Step2 Brand Ambassadors have been "Playing it Forward," each spreading a little cheer to the recipient of their choice, and again, I've chosen Addie's school. After consulting with her Principal (who took feedback from the faculty), it was determined that the Pre-K/Kindergarten play area was in need of a new playhouse. Rock Father Santa was back in-action, delivering a Neat & Tidy Cottage II last week - my little Elf Finley along for the ride as we made our delivery on the way to Addie's Kindergarten Christmas party...

THE ROCK FATHER is participating in the Every day, care™ Project from Whirlpool® as part of a sponsored campaign for Socialstars. #EveryDayCare 

As parents, it's the little things that my wife and I do for our girls that will likely have the biggest impact on their lives – from shaping their opinions and habits, to helping guide them toward the right choices down the road. Reality is that we're winging it, just like everyone else – there is no road map for what we do, and each day brings its own set of struggles and triumphs. The constant is that we each play our own role in providing for the little ones. From my wife's long hours working outside the home to my weird schedule that often allows for minimal sleep, there's a yin to the yang that makes it all work. While the bigger whole may go unnoticed, it's the smallest parts that make the biggest differences. 

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You all know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, and of course, Rudolph. But did you know that Rudolph has a brother... Santa's tenth reindeer? For 2013, there's a new book on the market that tells the tale of this mysterious 10th reindeer, and lands right here on The Rock Father as part of my 25 Days of Xmas. Recommended for kids ages 4-9, THE LEGEND OF RANGER, THE REINDEER WHO COULDN'T FLY features the writing of Alan B. Salisbury (retired Commanding General in the U.S. Army) with artwork by Roberta Baird. All profits from the sale of Ranger products will be donated to the Antonia Giallourakis Endowment for Art Therapy at the MassGeneral Children's Hospital Cancer Center, which makes this not only a great gift idea, but one that will do some good. Check out the full details below...

Out of all the toy companies out there, Hasbro is one of the most-covered here on The Rock Father. In addition to having some great toy lines (TRANSFORMERS, STAR WARS, GI JOE, MY LITTLE PONY, BABY ALIVE, NERF, etc.), they're also known for doing a lot of good, and as such were just named to The Civic 50 for being one of the most community-minded companies in the United States. While this is undoubtedly their busiest season, Hasbro's 5,000 employees in 35 countries worldwide became "elves" this past Friday for the first-ever Global Day of Joy, partnering with over 100 charitable organizations to bring cheer to kids in need.

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