I feel that no material object is worth the life of my loved ones or me for that matter. Yet every year you hear of some tragedy, people being trampled, road rage, fights breaking out....really? No deal is THAT important! Just makes me wonder how many people have forgotten what the season is truly about. Not the latest gadget, toy, clothing, etc. It's peace and goodwill towards men (women & children too :0) ). Where in the world have we lost this concept? We need to remember the reason for the season. How many people can actually name and remember what they bought or what they received from a previous Christmas? If it is an overabundance then how will they learn to appreciate what they have? What does that teach our children?
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Yes, I'm a parent that wants to make my holidays special for my girls, of course! But teaching the right things. We always remember those less fortunate and buy and donate money for families in need. We could have very well been the family in need this year. When my husband lost his job in Feb, it put a lot of things into a clearer perspective. We thought he would retire there. We almost lost our home and even putting food on the table was a challenge. We were prepared with savings, yet, savings quickly run out when you lose a steady income. I am so thankful every day that he has a better job then he did before. A blessing I couldn't see at the time. We have insurance, which so many do not. So many many families this year struggling to keep warm and put food on the tables, many losing their homes. Children who may have no gifts under their trees. we need to remember them at this time of year and reach out to help. You never know what curve balls life can throw at you. Any one of us could end up in this same place for a variety of reasons. I guess it's been on my mind even more because I know how close my family came to losing everything.
We will be starting our Christmas shopping this evening and on and off through the holiday season. We will be remembering those less fortunate and I hope you will as well. My best friend made me aware that if you shop on JCPenney.com you can purchase gifts for the Salvation Army from the Angel tree and they ship it for you. please take time to talk to your local community outreach programs. Salvation army, shelters, etc. Let's not forget our furry family members too at the SPCA needing homes and supplies this holiday season and all year. Our last donation gave us a new family member, our cat Elvis. We weren't looking for a new pet, but as we say he found us. We love him dearly and now can't imagine our lives without him.
Wishing you all safe travels while holiday shopping this year. Add our soldiers to your Christmas lists as well. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas there are so many ways to help.
Take time to enjoy the simple moments.....
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Hug your loved ones and be thankful to have them near this holiday season. :-) Be thankful for good health, among many other things we are blessed with in America.
I included a video of a song I love by Faith Hill. It is a separate post. I have not yet figured out how to type text in the same area as the video, it won't let me, but take some time to watch it if you can, it's a beautiful song.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Many blessings to you all,