Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
I send toys to St. Jude's through a program offered by Target, adopt a child through Salvation Army, donate toys to our local Jaycee's group who then send people out dressed up like Santa and personally deliver the toys to the kids and, of course, the Salvation Army kettles.
The church where I work works in conjunction w/ three other churches in town to provide Christmas for needy families that are referred to us by social service agencies.
We combine resources, purchase tons of gifts and food for the families...then the parents get to come to the church and be our guest to "shop" for their children's toys. With a "host" volunteer along to help them carry their purchases, the parents get to pick out three (nice) gifts for each of their children along with stocking stuffers (this is done so they get the experience of actually shopping and choosing toys that their children would enjoy).
Then the gifts are wrapped by volunteer wrappers (so no worries about having money for wrapping paper) and batteries, etc. are supplied so everything works on Christmas morning. Then, the parents are given food for their Christmas dinner. Finally, everything is carried by more volunteers out to their cars. The goal is to make them feel like pampered, special shoppers and not like they're there for charity.
I usually go along and serve as a wrapper for the event. It's great fun to see the parents as they shop for their children who otherwise might not have Christmas gifts.
I also donate to the Salvation Army buckets many times and also try to "adopt" an elderly person from the Christmas tree at the front of our local Wal-Mart. They have a little tree decorated with papers giving the age and gender of a local nursing home resident who doesn't have family (or any family to speak of) along with suggestions of things that resident would like. We try to do at least one of those as well.
I LOVE Christmas...my heart swells just thinking about all the great things that happen at that time of year.
My church adopts a Christmas Family every year from The Salvation Army... I contribute to Fill Santa's Sleigh (links elsewhere on this site)... I also like to have a smile and a pleasant word or two for salescleks and other harried service personel during the season... they do a hard, thankless job and a kind word goes a long way... plus, in this economy, it doesn't cost anything to be nice to someone...
I try to do the same with offering a kind word to the clerks working hard.
Wow, you guys have a lot of other great ways to give back & donate locally. I've been volunteering at the mission here in Savannah whenever I'm in town. I'm hoping to start a new project with an orphanage very soon!
Also, I noticed that many of the Dollar Stores in my area have toys you can buy at the checkout that go to (I believe) the children of service men and women... for a buck each you can "donate" some pretty spiffy looking toys (not the usual cheap-o Dollar Store stuff) to kids whose parents are off somewhere making sure we ALL have a Merry Christmas..!
Helping out around Christmas is always fun. Sometimes it is also sad to realise that there are so many needs out there that need to be met and some may not be.
I work at our local toy drive, as well as doing the operation Christmas Child boxes. Giving to Salvation army is something we also do.