This time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the frantic holiday hubbub–finding the right gifts, waiting in long lines, wrapping until the wee hours. And, half the time, the gifts aren’t even quite right for the receivers. Let’s face it: holidays can be stressful, especially when gift giving is involved. How can we help each other out of this cycle?
You might consider this the next time your friends or loved ones ask you if there is a particular gift you would like to receive: Suggest they donate to one of your favorite charities in your name. I have a couple of good friends who do this every year.
Although the New Orleans French Quarter is open for business, much of that region is still digging out from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It isn’t in the headlines much anymore, but untold numbers will not have a home in which to celebrate these holidays. Habitat for Humanity, one of my favorite charities, is making a significant difference by helping build homes with volunteers. That organization–or any other charity that is addressing the needs of those who are less fortunate than we–might be a great starting point.
You say you prefer the idea of getting and giving something more personal for your loved ones and friends? I totally get it. I’m the same way–a traditionalist at heart. But maybe we can do both, and experience the joys of giving both personally and profoundly.
However you choose to celebrate, we at HomeTips wish for you the abundance of family and friends, the joy of life, and peace.
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