Are you in the Christmas spirit?
Well, ‘tis the season, folks! Thanksgiving came and went in a flash. Now we look forward to trimming the tree and hanging the stockings…and shopping. Oh, the shopping. Sometimes I wonder if retail therapy isn’t more an exercise in anger management. It’s crazy out there! And the fact that my wallet is suffering from an acute case of anorexia doesn’t exactly put me in a festive mood. But when all is said and done, a smile on the little one’s faces is all that really matters…isn’t it?
So why do we feel it necessary to spend every last dime we earn on gifts that our kids won’t even use or on presents for extended family and their family and so on? It’s a wonder people even get into the holiday spirit anymore. Christmas isn’t about how much you can afford or topping last year’s gift. This isn’t a popularity contest. We’re not trying out for lead cheerleader or pledging at Phi Beta Whatever. This is the time of year that we as people extend a helping hand to our fellow man. To show that we’re not just some war crazed, money hungry species, but that at our core we care about one another. This is the season for giving!
My question to you then is, what are you doing this year to give back? Maybe it means donating $10 to a local charity or dropping your unwanted clothing at the Goodwill. Maybe you’ve bought a gift card at the super market benefiting a local food bank or you and your coworkers have adopted a needy family. Maybe it’s something as simple as slipping a dollar into the Salvation Army bucket. Whatever it is, no matter how big or small the gesture, this holiday season I’m challenging everyone to give back, then come back here and tell us about it!