It never fails that thoughts of the Christmas season enter my mind about now. I long for the cozy, intimate settings of presents under the tree, nutcracker displays and garland covered mantels.
We have several months until we start bringing down the decorations, but it never hurts to get a jump-start on things. I guess that’s how the idea of Christmas in July came about in the first place. Now I’m curious…I’ll have to look it up.
I was going to share ideas for handmade ornaments with you.
Then, I thought about showing you how to make luminaries from jars, tin cans and paper sacks.
I also considered offering tips on decorating with natural elements, and saving money while you’re at it.
But instead, I’m going to share a couple of ideas for charitable gifts.
~The first idea, I read in a magazine several years ago. Draw names amongst family or friends. However, you buy a child’s toy or game that it is some way related to your friend or family member’s hobbies, interests or occupation.
For example, the game Operation for a surgeon, a bike for a cyclist, or an easy bake oven for a baker. All of the gifts are then donated to an organization that provides for children in need, such as Toys for Tots.
~This next idea is as simple as it gets, but it’s certainly in the spirit of giving. Christmas Jars.
The idea is that you collect your change in a jar all year long….most of us do that anyway so we’re half way there.
Then before Christmas, take your jar to a family in need, ring the door bell and run away. They’ll be greeted by a jar of money!
You can read more about the tradition in this novel by Jason Wright.
Also in the spirit of giving, some of my blogger friends and I want to give one of our readers $100 to Target or Amazon to get started on your holiday shopping!
And, tomorrow join Karen at Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza for more Christmas in July.
See you in class,