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    A Season of Giving and Hope

    By: Christy V. Temple

    Well, here we are again. Christmas is fast approaching and as always I feel a little hurried and rushed. I keep telling myself every year that I will try to get things done earlier so as not to feel quite so stressed at this time in December. Oh well, there is a saying that my husband tells me every so often and it goes something like this, “the best laid plans of mice and men oft-times go astray.” I think he hit the nail on the head.

    I know I give it my best each year to map out a plan but my plans don’t often go the way that I would like them too. So, instead of giving up all hope I try to remember that I am only one person and I can’t do it all. In fact, no one can really do it all without having some issues along the way. Therefore, instead of beating ourselves up about not getting it all done perfectly perhaps we should just focus on what’s really important and that is friends and family at the holidays.

    I realize that getting together and receiving presents under the tree is something that everyone looks forward to but I also know that without family there by my side the idea of opening presents would quickly lost its luster because there would be no one to share the joy with on Christmas morning. Also, I think we get too hung up on trying to please everyone with the perfect gift and that puts a lot of stress on us to try and live up to a perfect ideal, which is impossible.

    With that said, I have a few ideas on ways to give to others without breaking the bank and showing kindness at the same time. Many of these ideas I have gleaned from a few of my favorites online websites including Better Homes and Gardens, Pinterest, etc. So, without further adieu, here are some ideas you might want to try if money is tight but you still want to present a meaningful gift.

    Handcrafted and homemade gifts for anyone:

    This is just a small sampling of some fantastic ideas online for making handmade Christmas gifts for your friends and family. There are many other sites online with even more ideas so don’t just limit yourself to these sites I have mentioned above. In any event, however you intend to spend the holidays I wish you peace, joy and happiness in the coming year.

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