Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means the holiday season has [practically] arrived!
As you have probably already figured out, I am a total sucker for all things holiday related, which means that I am SO excited to announce that beginning November 10th, Living Well, Spending less will be celebrating 30 days of holiday cheer.
In addition to all the fabulous coupon advice you have come to know and love, I will be featuring a TON of amazing product giveaways, not to mention plenty of ideas for making the most of the holiday season–everything from decorating to gift-giving to cooking & baking–all while staying well within your budget.
Princess is a huge fan of all the Charlie Brown movies, so in the past year, I have watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at least 100 times. Every time I watch it, I find myself agreeing with poor Charlie Brown more and more. Christmas has become far too commercial.
My goal this holiday season is to experience the true joy that comes from going beyond the glitzy commercialism of this time of year–not that anyone can ignore it completely–and finding the wonder in the little things, the delight on my girls’ faces when they sit on Santa’s lap, or the wonder in their eyes as we watch the lighted boat parade, an annual holiday tradition in my town. I love to give gifts, but I find myself wondering if there isn’t a better way. Why not search out homemade, unique, and quality-made one-of a kind things that are still reasonably priced, instead of just settling for norm? And why not work harder at finding a way to spread joy to others as much as possible?
A few weeks ago I threw out a challenge for all of my readers to join me in giving back this Christmas. One of the projects that my family has chosen is Operation Christmas Child, an organization that delivers toy-and-toiletry-filled shoeboxes to needy children all over the globe. We committed to doing 10 boxes this year, and we have been working hard at gathering enough items to fill them up.
Today Princess and I started working on assembling our boxes. She is only 4, but old enough to understand that there are kids in the world who don’t have all the things she is lucky enough to have. She was so excited to fill them up, and she took the job very seriously. I was amazed by both her attention span and her thoughtfulness. (Trouble, on the other hand, was a complete pain-in-the-you-know-what. In two hours, she managed to tear apart several of the already assembled boxes, chew the wrapper off a pack of gum, pull all the Ziploc bags out of the box, and then fall off the chair and conk her head.)
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