How We Do Christmas

By December 4, 2015 5 Comments

Image-1-3An idea from and I love it.

Instead of long “I want” lists, the darlings carefully choose what they most want and need. Whew. It sure makes Santa’s job easier. Santa especially loves the “one thing to light up the world.” Because the world surely does need hope and light.

Last year we gave the kids money to spend on someone else, or to donate. Some favorite charities: Heifer International, Lemonade International, WishListNH.

This year, as we try to “light up the world,” we’re going to focus on serving more locally. For instance, Mert is in the veteran’s home this year, his first Christmas without his Bertha. He sits by the elevator, waiting for someone to visit. Wouldn’t it be lovely to jump out of the elevator with kisses and cards?

And then there’s our dear Anne who visits Harry, who is also in the veteran’s home, but Harry can’t remember his beloved wife’s name. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to play secret Santa?

How about caroling Mr. Goody who lives alone in that big house?

Or how about that coat drive at the elementary school? Of the food pantry which always empties as soon as it’s full?

It’s a busy time of year, but I’m trying to slooooooow down this bus, to look around, and do something for someone else. Funny how that makes for such a magical Christmas.



  • Molly Leith says:

    I LOVE this!

  • Diane (Swett) Juthe says:

    Hi Amy,

    I hope you and your family are doing well.

    How nice of you to include Dad (and Harry) in your thoughts about gift giving. They would certainly love that! I’m not sure of the best time to visit Dad, as he is frequently napping in his room when I arrive. After lunch and before dinner seems to work well. He loves chocolate too!

    Love reading your posts – just friended you on FB too. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Julia Tomiak says:

    How is the bus slow down going? Mine is, unfortunately, still rumbling along at quite a good clip. Thanks for this. I really want to do it… Trying, always trying.

  • 4amWriter says:

    Great ideas! I’m not sure how to slow things down. When you figure it out, let me know!

  • Jillian Card says:

    We do this too. Amelia is obviously to young to write a list, but we have done these 4 things since her very first Christmas. We like keeping our holidays simple and spiritual. Plus she has so many grandparents that no matter what we do it looks like the mall dropped on our house every year. Miss you guys.

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