Friday, December 10, 2010
10 Tips For Making This the Ultimate Holiday Season For You & Your Family
"Faith is the ability to believe even though you cannot see."
For me the Ultimate Holiday Season for Gracie and I always begins with the word 'giving'. For God So Loved the World, that He gave His Only Begotten Son to that world. What an inspiring concept- to give something that means more than life itself! Giving and Love go hand-in-hand. Always has. Always will.
Sit down with your family this holiday season and determine what giving and love mean to each of you. Help your kids get over that hump of embarassment by starting the conversation yourself! You'll be surprised at the answers you receive.
Just as Santa's making his list, make your own list! Have your kids make lists, too. By making lists everything is down in writing and once that task is finished, marking it off makes you feel oh! so wonderful! What do I mean by lists?
Here's some examples:
A List of Good, Used Toys I Can Give Away
A List of Good, Used Clothes I Can Give Away
A List of People I know Who Can Use Some Christmas Help
A List of Charities I Can Donate My Time & Money
A List of Things I Can Help Others Do
A List of Christmas Songs I Want To Hear
These are examples! The possibilities are endless!
Our Relief Society's Christmas party was on Tuesday night and everyone was to bring a covered dish. Knowing that I have a difficult time standing and walking, the co-ordinator told me not to bring anything. But I just couldn't do that. So Gracie and I made vintage tags as door prizes and packaged them with a Christmas theme. Anything is possible!
Sing! Get together with your friends and family and have an Old-Fashioned Caroling party! Christmas Carols can place you in a festive, holiday mood faster than you can say Kris Kringle!
Take time to listen to the joyous sounds around you! If you listen closely enough you can hear the sound of bells. Try it! Go far out down a country road where complete silence abounds!
Attend an Elementary School Christmas pagent! You'll see and hear the purest joy! Your heart will never be the same!
Bake Christmas Cookies with your kids AND their friends!
Chances are you'll have a huge mess to clean up but after you hear the laughter and see the sparkling eyes, no mess in the world will matter!
Build a snowman with your kids, grandkids or neighbor kids! aside from the cold hands and ruddy cheecks, you'll have a ball! Connecting with kids is the best giving of all!
Just by smiling and making eye contact with someone as you walk down the street or through the malls, may give that someone hope, pure and simple. We all need to be acknowledged and what a beautiful way to show that you care!
The race of life isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. Track every day of this holiday season in a journal for inspiration you can look back upon when the days ahead turn dour.
This little poem sums it all up:
THE GIVING HEART
I searched a long, long time for such a perfect friend.
Who would walk along beside me, and you are what Jesus sent! You've brought out the sun, on a shady day.
You have taken away the weeds, and planted flowers in my way.
I don't think I have told you. I want you to believe,
that I'm a better person, for the time you've given me.
So as you go on your way, please have the certainty,
that I'll be here for you, now and for eternity.
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Posted by LADYHIGHTOWER at 10:42 AM