Give of Time and Talent
Giving isn’t always about money. Spend some time at a senior living facility bringing a little cheer to those who are lonely. Bake some cookies for a shut-in. Give of yourself.
Plan before you shop
Plan a gift giving budget and stick to it. You may also want to start a Christmas Club at your local bank for next year.
Be a Responsible Financial Giver
We are bombarded with requests for donations. They come in the mail, on TV, at work and on the street. We see pictures of starving or disable children, and chained up puppies. I am not anti-giving, but I know those advertisements cost thousands of dollars. Some of those charities have a lot of money. Before you give, consider carefully the charity. The quiet local charity may need your support a lot more than the nationally known one with the effective ad campaign.
If you want to see how much of your money goes directly to help your cause visit: http://www.charitywatch.org
Be a gracious receiver.
When was the last time you wrote or received a thank-you note? We are so fast with texts and emails, but a hand written note of thanks may be much more meaningful. In our lightning speed society taking the time to get out the pen, paper and a stamp, is getting rarer and more precious by the day. This could be a good activity to do with younger family members a few days after the holiday.
Be thankful for your blessings.
Look back at the wonderful gifts you have been given whether it is a special person in your life or some thoughtful expression of their love.
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