Your Turn: Share How You Share in This Season

Are you bemoaning the Christmas decorations and carols and commercials that have already overrun the idea of Thanksgiving? I have to admit that when I saw Christmas decor for sale in Costco in August, I was appalled. But now I am embracing the season and even seeing how it fits with my idea of Thanksgiving.

I have much to be grateful for: a great husband, a daughter with a heart that bleeds for others, a cuddly grandson who is already steeped in compassion. I own (okay, with the bank) a comfortable home and do work that I love. I have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ that brings joy and strength and meaning to my days. I have friends and relatives with whom to laugh and linger.

The hat, gloves, and socks I got at the silent auction to benefit the restoration home for sex-trafficking victims being built by North Star Initiative.

To express my thanks for a wonderful life, I discover ways to give others a reason to be thankful. And that’s really easy once the Christmas promotions start. Here are just a few of the opportunities over the last couple of weeks:

We can’t do everything, especially in the season where new appeal letters and e-mails arrive daily. But I love looking for unique and easy ways to bless others and to find joy in giving.

So it’s your turn. Tell me how you express gratitude by giving in this holiday season. What are your favorite charities or family giving activities? What has been the most surprising opportunity you’ve found for meeting the needs of others? How does your giving impact your life? How does it help you and your children become more grateful for all your blessings?

I look forward to new ideas I’ll discover through you!



1 thought on “Your Turn: Share How You Share in This Season”

  1. One of the ways I embrace giving during the holiday season is to try to tithe my purchases. For instance, a $50 grocery bill becomes a $5 gift to the food bank – which often has a deal with my grocery store. Many places where I shop do something similar for books, clothing, etc. These small gifts remind me how blessed I am.


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