Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 21st day of November, 2013.

It is fast approaching the crazy time of year when people feel the urge to buy everything in sight.

Most people spend way beyond their means.

I learned that lesson all too well.

For the past few years I have made the holidays about those people that I love, and not about buying the perfect gift that I thought they would want.

I made special gifts, took advantage of free items, refurbished items, gave my time.

Essentially, I gave from my heart not my pocketbook.  The first Christmas that I did this I spent $5.00 and that was on doggie treats.

With all the commercials, flyers and such it is almost impossible for people not to feel that they need to shop.

We should pay attention.

Take a look around the trash on December 26th.

How many things are tossed away because people did not like them or want them.

Selfish, perhaps.

But we have gone way too far.

Simplify.

Take the time to find out what a loved one might really want …. that might be a home cooked meal or someone to watch a child or a pet while they go out for an evening.

AGAIN FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE REALLY LIKE AND NEED – NOT JUST SOME HIGH TECH GADGETS TO BE LIKE THE JONES.

Give your time to a local hospital or senior’s home or animal shelter.

Perhaps it might be a small basket of items that your sister might love – like her favourite shampoo, soap, socks or lipstick.

Make a hand-made book of coupons for different things using your time.

Simplify.

Our landfills are an indication of how commercial we have become.

Anyway …. my point is this.

Just give from the heart not from your pocketbook.

Have a great day and don’t stress about the holidays.

Give your time …. it is invaluable.

I think this Christmas we should all make something for loved ones or give the gift of your time.

Spend less …. less stress.

Give yourself a challenge to see just how little you can spend on Christmas but giving at the same time.

You will be pleasantly surprised.

Special Hello to: ALL THOSE FOLKS WHO GIVE WITH THEIR HEARTS …

Always, Carol and  Alvin

Thought for the day….

Welcome to Monday, December 17th, 2012 and it is now “7” sleeps until Christmas Eve.

Wow …..

Are you ready?

Sugar cookies baked on Saturday and gifts wrapped and under the tree.

So I am all done.

I have heard on the radio that sales are up and that Canadians are spending more on Christmas.

I did spend more than last year but last year I did all of my gifts for less than $20.00.

This year it was a bit higher but not much.

I have been trying to be creative without spending a fortune.

I think that somewhere along the way we have lost what Christmas and the Holiday season truly means.

I see it when I am working at the store ….. most people are friendly but they are rushed ….. lose their manners and such.

We need to show more community at this time of year.

Less gifts more love and respect.

Spending quality time with your friends and family without a price tag is more rewarding at the end of the day.

Because unless you give a gift from the heart ….. people do not remember what they got two days after Christmas.

I was one of those people ……

Give from the heart …..

Anyway have to go and finish getting ready for work.

I hope that you are enjoying this last week of work before Christmas.

Have a great Monday.

Special Hello to: all those crafters out there ….. making things …. you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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