Let’s ring the bells first. If you need a break from preparing for Thanksgiving, take a seat, grab knitting needles and Christmas colored yarn. Follow these simple directions and in less than half an hour, you’ll complete a bell and return refreshed to your work.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are times we bask in the love of family and the blessings of our lives. We also must think of others less fortunate. Bob Hope said, “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” He certainly didn’t suffer from heart problems,spending many of his holidays away from home, entertaining our troops.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reach out to others, not only immediately, but also to plan ahead for Christmas.
Call your local hospital and see what would cheer their patients. A homeless shelter might appreciate your pitching in to help cook a meal. A senior center might love to hear carols and you could organize a group to serenade them.
Caroline Kennedy said, “You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas. Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.”
In that spirit, involve your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Invite your neighbors to participate. The more the merrier.
Christmas is the season of giving . . . not just to those who have, but to those who do not . . . not just to those we know, but to strangers.
Plan now to truly celebrate the holiday by opening up your world to others and treating your heart to medicine that doesn’t cost a thing.
I’d love to hear any special experiences you’ve had giving to others.
Hopefully you have already taken my suggestions and completed all, or at least the majority, of your shopping. You’ve have your cards. So now forget about Christmas. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. In my next post we’ll discuss Christmas letters and address those cards.
Until then, let’s all strive for a stress-free, love-filled Christmas . . .