Are you ready for Christmas? Ready or not, here it comes! 🙂
Will you actually gather with anyone other than immediate family this year? Ugh, this is the hardest part (for me, anyway). Of all our changes and squelches this year, giving up our family Dirty Santa is probably the worst.
Rather than focus on what we CAN’T do, I decided we should find a new way to celebrate – at least for this year. We might even continue it in future years and start a new tradition! I hesitated to share our plan with you earlier in December. I didn’t want to seem braggy . . . like, “touch me, I’m such a giving person” . . . or, “we’re special”. None of that.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
In retrospect, I regret telling you sooner. What if you like the idea and now you don’t have time to prepare for it? Here’s a little hint. Dollar Tree is ready when you are (wink). Dollar General, too.
First of all, I must tell you.
I Stole This Christmas Idea!
I heard about this idea from another blogger, and I can’t even tell you who it was. Since September, I’ve been hooked on watching YouTube videos of crafters/bloggers making pretty neat items for Fall and Christmas. I could give you a list of them, but you (as I) would spend far too much time digging through thousands of videos to find the actual one.
This talented blogger/crafter/YouTuber explained that she heard the idea from another blogger several years ago, so even she wasn’t the original.
So much for credits, but here goes . . .
On Christmas day, go around and give gifts to people who are working that day. Their sacrifice of working on Christmas Day when they want to be home with family should be appreciated. Giving them a small token of our appreciation will be so fun! And, hopefully will bless them at the same time.
I broached the idea to our two adult kiddos, and they were all over it – so excited because they’ve always enjoyed doing Christmas giving for needy, like with Angel Tree – and even Operation Christmas Child, too.
In my crafter-want-to-be-excitement (but reality-check-can’t-physically-do-it), I at least covered the first step by going to Dollar Tree and loading up on Christmas mugs and napkins, ornaments, socks, festive snack items, etc. They sat in my cabinet waiting for the never-happening projects.
When I heard about the Christmas Day giving idea, I knew immediately how to use my collection. This week, with our two kiddos here, we’ll get everything assembled and wrapped up. I mentioned adding a little cash down inside the packages, as well. Kiddos and hubs loved that idea, too.
We decided to go a little lighter with gifts for one another this year – so we could give more to Christmas Day workers. Rather, that was the plan. We’ll see on Friday how well we all stuck to that part (wink).
This photo gave me another idea – maybe for next year.
Isn’t the garland adorable?
Collect small items (and maybe some cash included) inside small stockings similar to these in the picture above. Hang them before Christmas, to enjoy in your decorations all month long. On Christmas Day, remove them easily from the clothes pins for delivery, and get a head start with taking down this decoration as you give these little blessings to others.
No matter your season, helping others gives you a lift. I found that, in my toughest season of all, giving to others took my mind off my own need. What a relief that was at that time when I could hardly get my all-consuming problem off my mind. Giving to others gave my mind a much-needed break. It was pure therapy. It brought such joy, too.
How about your family? Are you doing something new and/or different this year for Christmas? Any ideas you can share for all of us to contemplate for next year – or put together quickly for this Friday?
You are a blessing to me, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Because He lives~