'Tis the Season of Giving

Friday, December 07, 2012

The holiday season is upon us, and it really has me thinking a lot.

I've been spending the last month or so feeling kind of sorry for myself because I'm selfish and I was sad that we're not really going to be able to do anything for Christmas this year (no tree, no gifts, etc.); it just didn't feel like Christmas.

That all changed when I went to the store the other day.

Archie was out of food, so I went to the store to get some more.  While I was parking, I noticed that there were some people outside ringing bells for the Salvation Army. It reminded me that Christmas isn't about a tree, or exchanging gifts -- it's about honoring Christ by following his example and doing things for others (which is something we should be doing year-round, anyway).

I decided I would put any change I had when I came out in the bucket.

I came out with seven cents.

Now, seven cents might not sound like much. You might think seven cents isn't worth it. But I did some math, and realized that if every person in my area put seven cents in, they would raise $6,850.76 for charity.  That's a lot of money.

So even though times are rough for a lot of people, and this blog is here to help you save money, please consider using some of the money you save to help others.  There are SO many ways to help others, particularly during the holiday season.  Food banks always need donations, and there are several organizations that donate gifts to underprivileged children.  Check out your local high school -- service clubs almost always have some kind of event going on that they need help with.

No gift (whether time or money) is too small.  Anything you can do to help will make a positive impact on someone's life!

Happy holidays!

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12 comments

  1. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from the "Weekend Blog Walk" blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. Thank you so much! I love your blog as well! You have so many yummy-looking recipes!

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  2. Hi, i'm your newest follower from the Aloha Friday blog hop, would love if you could come by and follow back and join my blog hop!
    Erica
    http://www.ericastartwalking.com/2012/12/sparkle-shine-holiday-blog-hop.html

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    1. By the time I was able to get on, it was closed, but I'll definitely link up next time! I'm checking out your fitness blog too :)

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  3. Great post. Shows your heart. Love it.

    New GFC follower from the Weekend Blog Walk. :)

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  4. Hi Alex! Following you over here too :))

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  5. Hello! Found you VIA the Aloha Bog Hop...i'm excited to keep reading your blog...new follower :)

    lolalucy09.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for following :)

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  6. Alex, what a beautiful and honest post. I have to admit, at this time of year, the thoughts of helping our fellow humans can get lost in the madness of shopping, partying, hectic schedules and everything else that makes like chaotic during the Holidays. This was a great reminder.

    PS - I found your blog through GK Adam's blog. :)

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    1. Aww, thank you! I'm glad it was able to make you think. With all the commercialism of the holiday season, it's easy to lose the reason we're celebrating!

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