Christmas this year is going to be interesting to say the least. It won't be bad, just different. On the upside, maybe my 2 local sisters and I can find a way to bring back the real meaning of Christmas to our families rather than the free for all it's been every year for as long as I can remember. It'll also be great not to have to listen to someone complain about the wrong color, wanting something else, wanting what someone else got, etc. That has really upset me pretty much every year and I always leave with a headache that feels like it will split my head in two. Yeah, i'm not going to miss that much at all.
The trick is going to be how to make sure I spend time with my sisters and their kids. They're not exactly speaking to each other and at least at this point, none of us are spending it with their Mother. So, I don't know how I'm going to juggle things, but I will. It's very important to me that all my nephews and both nieces are as happy as they can possibly be this year. So far i'm considering Ice Skating, possibly the Nutcracker Ballet for the girls and other fun things that we can make a tradition.
I'm not going to get to see my other sister til after the holidays, and I can't wait for that. Sooooooo excited! I finally will get to meet my other 2 nieces, Anna and Alannah so that will be fun and I'll get to see my Dad, his girlfriend Janie and my Grandmother as well. Not to mention my adopted Mommy, Rowena lol. She came with references so I know she's good.
So, while my Christmas is shaping up to be a fun and interesting experience, I thought I'd share a few little tidbits I found that might help make someone else's Christmas a little brighter as well.
Help Hanes donate new socks to those who need it. It's easy and all it takes is a click. So do it! They're donating up to 500,000 pairs. That's a lot of socks!
Check out Cheaptoday.com for some awesome buys and tips on sales. I love this site! Today there's an offer from E.L.F for a Pure Elegance Kit for only $16.00. There's also a deal at JC Penney to get a Black and Decker Junior Dump Truck set for only $19.99. That's half off!
Please consider adopting an "Angel" through the Salvation Army. Needy children are looking for Santa too.
Please also remember the homeless this year. Blankets, warm clothes and food are always needed. It's a known fact that a very large percentage of America's homeless are Veterans who served this country. Show them you appreciate the sacrifices they made. Your local churches and pantries can tell you where your donations can be accepted and put to the best use.
All In all, make this a Christmas to remember. I know I am.