Christmas is just around the corner. The stores have had their decorations up already for a month now, while we scramble here and there, racking our brains on what to buy our dear ones.
Thank goodness, my kids are grown, so the many trips to the toy stores are out. Of course, they are not yet into the shirt and tie gifts yet either. T-Shirts, DVD's, video games, and perhaps if my budget allows, maybe "rock band." But this blog is really not about what I need to buy, but what I really should be doing for the Christmas holidays. So many lose the concept of Christmas as a time of giving, not receiving.
This year especially, that thought should be in the minds of so many, while the recession which we have been hearing about for months on the news, is finally hitting home. Just yesterday, one of our very own Blogger's was hit with the news that her husband will be losing his job before the holidays. What a devestation to them, as they now realize, Christmas will not be a joyous day of opening presents stacked high under the tree. Perhaps a few gifts will prevail, but the reality is, what they will find among the many cards arriving in their mailbox will be the many bills that will be mounting up, while they try to figure out to sort all of this. When this person told us all last evening about what is forthcoming for her holidays as her husband had just come home, it hit many of us hard. It could be anyone of us in her position.
Last night was my first experience on "Blockhead Radio", which I will talk about in another blog; but the plight of one of our Blogger's came up. My heart swelled as everyone immediately rushed to her shop to buy something, helping to boost sales and money, maybe enough to get them started down that long road ahead of them. Since I also knit and crochet (which I have done long before I started making my jewelry) I have so many half skeins of wool, of which some never used, are just sitting there waiting to be created into something. My thought was since this Blogger does crochet, she probably uses a lot of yarn, something which will now be a luxury to buy; was to send all my extra yarn to her so that she can continue her craft, and possibly generate more sales and income to help support her family during this Christmas season, which should be one of joy. So many of the other listeners, who are also Bloggers, said they too would send whatever extra wool and yarn they had. Her shop is http://lazytcrochet.etsy.com/. Perhaps this year you could just possibly buy one less present, and use that extra money to purchase something from her shop, or send something that she can use towards her craft. If you convo "agoodwitchtoo" , she will provide you with her address.
It is a sad reflection of our times, as we look forward to a new beginning with a new President, that we also have to look forward to whether our not we, or our husbands, will be without a job or be able to have that special Christmas dinner you always look forward to. Or Perhaps your children will not really need all those gifts you would love to buy them. Did you ever look into a childs face who was hungry, and you hand them something to eat, even if it is just one little cookie, it means the world to them. So I ask that this year you remember the true meaning of Christmas, that of giving to others who are truly in need, and not expecting something in return. You will not only bring that extra star into their homes to light their tree, but you will feel that star light within yourselves.