Something Different this Christmas

We all know Christmas is a time for giving, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. What do you buy older people who don’t have room for trinkets? And what do you get those doing well who buy what they want throughout the year? I find it tricky. I wander aimlessly around the malls, trying to find that perfect gift to show how much I love and appreciate my family and friends.

But here’s the thing. If I’ve been living my life correctly, they should they already know how I feel about them. I hope I’ve demonstrated many times through the year that they are a very important part of my life. Giving them something they really don’t need seems like a waste of good money. I know my hard-earned cash could be used more wisely.

This year I donated approximately what I would have spent on their gifts to a charity they support. I’m pretty certain they’d be delighted to know that because I love them, I donated enough money to buy an eco stove for a person in Nicaragua or a goat for a family in Uganda. I know my family won’t miss another throw for their couch or a bottle of wine or whatever else I might buy them.

And it feels great to know I’ve helped a person that desperately needs a hand up. You might want to try giving to a charity in someone’s name this year, too.

If you’re not sure where to find charities to buy such things, here’s the one I used. My husband has gone with them to third world countries and seen first hand the good things they do.

Merry Christmas, everyone!



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deborahcordesauthor
    Dec 15, 2014 @ 21:40:10

    A lovely post. I agree with you. My mom and I gave each other the gift of saving horses from slaughter via a rescue site. It felt good to know we helped some beautiful souls find forever homes. Happy Holidays to you, Carol!


  2. Nancy C Weeks
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 00:19:26

    What a wonderful post! I’m guilty of aimless shopping too—and I know better. I love your idea. If I want to wrap something up in a pretty little bow, I’ll make them their favorite dinner or a few tasty cookies. As a writer who does her best writing over the dinner hour, I would love a homemade dinner ready to just place in the oven. Have a wonderful Holiday, Carol. Thanks for reminding us what the season is really about–giving from the heart.


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