Christmas. Lights, camera,… take action

Posted: December 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
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We missed the lighting of the lights at Victoria Park this year, but headed down a few days later to take them in.  (used that new fave iPhone app of mine PhotoSynth for the photo above to try and capture them all) Another part of our family holiday traditions I guess you would say.  Along with buying a real tree on the first weekend in December, picking up a pound of eggnog coffee beans from the coffee shop in the mall, and getting the kids advent calendars (always a few days late forcing me to eat all the days that have already passed).

Tradition.  Its what Christmas is all about.

These traditions, along with all the other quirky ones we’ve developed over the years are what help to enhance the Christmas spirit around our house.  From the way the trees are trimmed (yes, plural), to the color of the lights on those trees, even the placement of certain decorations, there is a certain level of comfort and nostalgia even though it may make things seem a little routine in nature.  They are our traditions and we cherish and enjoy them.

Another tradition this time of year is the annual clearing out, cleaning out, or purging.  Out-with-the-old before the in-with-the-new on Christmas day.  Going thru the clothes and toys to determine which is no longer needed by us, but may be a welcome addition to another family.  That is one of the great things about this time of year is that there is no shortage of places out there to make it easier for you to help out the less fortunate.  Whether its donating used clothes, an unwrapped toy, supporting a local food drive, or adding a meal voucher at the grocery store checkout, there are so many ways we can all do a little more to help out.  Instead of that $4 coffee/mocha/latte thingy, buy a regular coffee and donate the difference to charity.  I bet that regular coffee tastes even better when you do, it always does for me.

Lets face it.  If you are reading this you are probably one of the haves.  Sure, some days you may not feel like it, especially when it comes to having your car breakdown, or your washing machine break, unexpected bills, etc, but to someone without a home or a job, or struggling just to keep food on the table, you are probably living like those infamous ladies on those “The Housewives of (insert city name here)” shows my wife is always trying to get me to watch.

This Christmas, embrace the Christmas spirit and give to someone you don’t know.  Those sometimes faceless people who rely on the food banks and the kindness of others to make their lives a little more livable.  We all have it in us to be Santa, so why not make it part of your Christmas traditions to give more than you get.

You may be surprised though, because sometimes the getting for you in return is a huge heart full of Christmas spirit.

Merry Christmas to all, especially all the Santas out there,

tcg

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