It’s A Grand Life – ’Tis the Season!



I think most of us will agree that 2020 has been quite a year—and mostly not in a good way. I refuse to let the last 11 months ruin December. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or something else, each holds special meanings for all of us. For me, it is family, faith, traditions, blessings, the joy of giving, songs, decorations, and years of special memories that always come to mind.

As this has been an especially difficult year for many families, it is extremely important that we reach out to help and support those in need in our communities. There are so many ways to give, whether it is a monetary donation; a gift of toys, clothes, food; or something from a list provided by a shelter or home; or the gift of your time, it will mean so much to those you touch with your kindness and thoughtfulness.

I am proud that my daughters, through their actions and deeds, are instilling the “’tis better to give than to receive” concept in their children. That is not to say that they don’t love getting presents, but they are aware how very blessed and fortunate they are. They eagerly and happily put money into the red kettle; pick an angel off a tree to make a child’s Christmas brighter; serve meals to the homeless; sing carols at homes for the aged; bake treats—whatever their family can do to help, not only this season, but throughout the year.

I recently came across a wonderful “reverse advent calendar” that is shown below. I am going to do this project with my local grandchildren. We will have fun shopping for the items and adding an item each day to a box. I am sure there will be questions from the younger ones, but as we add items, answers and explanations will come. I would like this to become a family tradition.

REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR:

EACH DAY ADD AN ITEM TO A BOX

TO BE OPENED ON CHRISTMAS EVE; OR, A FEW DAYS BEFORE,

DONATE THE CONTENTS TO A FOOD BANK

December 1 – box of cereal

December 2 – peanut butter

December 3 – stuffing mix

December 4 – boxed potatoes

December 5 – macaroni and cheese

December 6 – canned fruit

December 7 – canned tomatoes

December 8 – canned tuna

December 9 – dessert mix

December 10 – jar of applesauce

December 11 – canned sweet potatoes

December 12 – cranberry sauce

December 13 – can of beans

December 14 – box of crackers

December 15 – package of rice

December 16 – package of oatmeal

December 17 – package of pasta

December 18 – spaghetti sauce

December 19 – can of chicken noodle soup

December 20 – can of tomato soup

December 21 – can of corn

December 22 – can of mixed vegetables

December 23 – can of carrots

December 24 – can of green beans

These are suggestions, but it is important to note that everything you provide to the food bank must have a shelf life.

However you spend this holiday season, may it bring you joy, blessings, and gratitude for both.


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