.....we're making a donation to a group home for disabled children and adults....
Back in October I started feeling overwhelmed by Christmas and sent an email to our close circle of friends that we should all look around and realize how good we have it while others are not so lucky and that I would like to propose not doing the grand gift exchange that Christmas had bloated into among us and instead making a donation to the charity of each's choice and just be happy to share each others company. Everyone agreed and it's amazing how much better I feel about the upcoming season....still buying for family but maybe that will change in the coming years as well....
Anybody else doing anything like this?
My friends and I started doing this about ten years ago. We have all migrated back to buying something for each other but keep giving to the needy. We find a local place that helps needy families not just toys for kids.
Trick is, make very certain your money is going where it should.
Imperial Maj 2001
great idea and one we do our selves. That doesnt mean I have stopped gift giving, because I do it and I enjoy that, but I always take a certain % and give that to charitys and they get a card saying what the money will be used for. I am the one who fills out the cards and sends to gift notes for two differant small local charities and each year I have more and more to do which is great! My son gets from one friend, he Got a set of blankets, then a chicken given to a family in Africa..............worked there way to a goat last year! It's been fun!
"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence."
For the people on our lists that already have everything they could possibly want my kids pick out items from the World Vision catalogue. Last year we gave chickens, rabbits and goats to kids in poor countries. My youngest daughter loves to give gifts that will keep on giving and the people that we would normally have bought for love getting a personalized card from our kids explaining the difference that is being made by helping people help themselves.
What great initiative Angela!
A bunch of us at work got brave this year and proposed foregoing gift-giving at our Christmas party (always a BIG deal, but always getting a bunch of stuff we don't want or need). We took a vote, and the "No's" won hands down. No gifts, but we will still do a dinner, and if anyone insists on gifts, give to a charity of their choice.
I've cut back this year too, just close family and friends, and home-made whenever possible.
That is a good idea. We don't exchange gifts at work, but had already planned a very inexpensive dirty santa at our Christmas party next week. As a manager, I think I will send out a memo to our employees suggesting a group effort like this for Christmas this year.
I had already done most of my shopping for family this year in July. We were fortunate to be able to buy our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren a cruise for April. I am, of course, buying a few gifts for the DGC to unwrap on Christmas and will be putting Carnival dollars in the stockings.
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days