Well, it's about that time when the retail stores start reminding us how many days are left until Christmas. Black Friday is upon us and for those that are fortunate enough to still be working in this tough economy, please remember this is the season of giving not just gifts, but of ourselves.
Just a few small gestures will make the difference to someone who has come on hard times so please remember those who are less fortunate by using some of these suggestions we may all know but could use a reminder...
- Have your children select a toy in good condition they no longer play with and donate it to a children's shelter
- Purchase a new toy or two and give to Toys for Tots... again let your children get involved
- Adopt a family for the holidays...check with local churches for families in need
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen, and carry it out all year long
- Donate your gently used coats, scarves and gloves to a collection sight or start one yourself
- Collect canned good for your local Can-A-Thon
- Check in on elderly neighbors and invite them to spend the holidays with your family
- Visit your local nursing homes, at the holidays, many people are forgotten
- Donate items to your local animal shelter, better yet adopt a homeless dog or cat
- Remember our Soldiers fighting for our freedom who won't be with their families, not eating a huge turkey dinner, watching football or sleeping in a warm bed.
- And...last but not least, have a Wonderful and Safe Holiday Season
This is my youngest, he sticks his tongue out when he doesn't like what you say!
Don't you just love these handmade ribbons, they can be tied to just about anything, giving a vintage look to your packages, pillows, wreaths or chair backs. Many to choose from!
Hand Carved Swans