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Good For Goodness’ Sake Fill Your Holiday with the Joy of Giving |by Megan McCoy Dellecese

The holiday season brings cozy joy. Chilly drifting snow begs for creamy hot chocolate and cuddle breaks over black and white movies. Your heart fills to the brim when finding gift after gift to perfectly display your love toward your lucky recipients. Thoughts of a gentle, jolly fellow who rewards lovely children (okay, okay, almost all children) with fun toys and gadgets provides an annual tradition you hope will linger. Stuffing bellies with good, homemade foods and sweets, all while relaxing your guilty mind, knowing that everyone will be gaining a little weight, too. It’s a good time to be alive. We all celebrate the holidays with a particular reason in mind, be it our religious convocation, an excuse to show appreciation for friends and loved ones, or just to get in touch with the goodwill of the season. Being one of the rare times of the year when it becomes easier to work quite hard, all of the joy as a known outcome, it’s also a time that our thoughts lead from the sweetness to the bitterness of life.

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We have so much, yet so many are unable to give their families the basic necessities. There are children starving or lacking potable water in all corners of the world. Abused animals are facing overcrowded, deplorable living situations. The list goes on and on.

The empowering part is - you can help! There are ways, big and small, to interweave the joys of the holiday with the humble glow of humanitarian help, all while touching the part of your child’s brain and heart and imparting the true meaning underlying the “stuff ” of the season. Some of these ideas have been “recycled” like a fake Christmas tree and some are fresh like a Balsam, but even if you pick just one to implement, your holidays will surely hold a little new meaning.

Get Local Every community has opportunities to give, be it by giving directly to families in need, or through a local shelter (homeless, abused women and children, or animal), trustworthy humanitarian organization, or church. If you’re not sure where to start, keep your eyes peeled for a community bulletin board at the post office while sending Christmas packages, while stocking up at the grocery store, or at your municipal building. If you can’t find anything, contact your police or fire station, or reach out to pastors to find out what efforts they’re making in the community and how you can help. If you find that efforts are lacking, put the ball in motion. Ask your children what they think would be helpful for your community and

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Holiday 2013 Issue of Green Child Magazine  

Your one stop guide to celebrating the holidays sustainably. Our Holiday 2013 issue is filled with festive ideas to bring both fun and meani...

Holiday 2013 Issue of Green Child Magazine  

Your one stop guide to celebrating the holidays sustainably. Our Holiday 2013 issue is filled with festive ideas to bring both fun and meani...