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Holding on to Christmas

     When I was a young mother, low these many years ago (1973, could it have been that long ago?) my own mother faced a decision:  continue on with our traditional Christmas Eve celebration where siblings exchanged gifts from names we drew from a hat on Thanksgiving; or morph our Christmas celebration to something new. Why make a change?  I’m second of nine children.  As we flew the nest, we tried to blend traditions of our family of origin and our spouses family.  I craved some family memories with my own little family of three.  With only three of nine…

Photo Friday: Book Club Gifters

This is my last (#5) of my week-long series about kindness gifting this holiday season.  If you’re just tuning in, please click back a few posts and start from the beginning. My book club meets on the third Thursdays of the month.  We take turns picking out a book and leading the discussion:  mostly fiction, plus at least one non-fiction and one classic each year. That means right before Thanksgiving and then again right before Christmas. So… no book for December.  Instead it’s party time.  And time for sharing.  Each year we find an organization that is willing to give…

Little Gifts

Here are twelve little things I like to do that cost little or no money.  I always get a tickle out of gifting people on the spur of the moment: Pay the toll for the person in back of me. Let someone go ahead of me in the long, long, holiday shopping line. Give someone my seat on the train. Smile. Offer to help someone carry their packages to the car. Say thank you. Take the neighbor’s newspaper from the end of the drive to the doorstep. Forget to keep score. Ask a clerk how her day is going. Listen…

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Since I live in the Midwest, which means Holiday Time is cold  COLD.  Many places collect “gently used” or new coats for the less fortunate.  This is a great way to help out, and easy too. Just drop the coat in a collection box. Another way to keep people warm is help with electrical or heating bills.  This year I discovered that I can give utility gift certificates.   I like this idea because it ear-marks the money for a specific purpose. Years ago, I received an anonymous gift of cash to help me through the holidays.  As welcomed as the…

Gifting My Gift

This fall devastating tornadoes ripped through the middle of the state I live in.  Mother Nature doesn’t seem to care what time of year it is, or who she runs over.  She’s wicked like that. Donating the American Red Cross is one great way to help.  With crowd-sourcing networks, it’s possible to help a specific family.  I prefer giving directly to the people in need because it avoids the overhead.  Either way, I’m careful, so I check out charities through Better Business Bureau “Wise Giving Report and I prefer to know who I’m helping if I choose a person or…

Random Acts of Kindness

This time of year, I get very busy making:  Making time for all the holiday activities.  Making jammies for the grandkids.  Making time to gift to those less fortunate. This time of the year makes me think more than usual about ways to give back or give to those less fortunate.  Maybe because the cold weather reminds me that some people are homeless.  Maybe the overstuffed feeling I carry around during the holidays remind me that some remain hungry.  Maybe it’s the thought of a baby in a manger being gifted by strangers.This week I’ll share some ways of giving…

Jingle Balls, Jingle Balls, Jingle All the Way

I saw this K-mart commercial on TV a couple days ago. The hand bells are a much under-appreciated choir.  Some of those bells are really heavy, too. I thought the ad was cute right up until everyone began ringing their balls, I mean bells at the same time.  That’s when my mind’s eye traveled south of Christmas.  What are all those bell-clappers banging against?  And that final high pitched bell at the end of the song… What DO I think of that? Now I feel naughty.  I watched this video more than once, trying to figure out whether it’s cute,…

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