a season for giving

2:59 PM

I'll be honest, I've been struggling a bit with getting into the holiday spirit this year. As someone who thrives on and enjoys sprucing up every corner of our home before December 1 even comes it's hard without a space of our own. I'm missing our home extra hard right now. I'm missing that gorgeous afternoon light that would come through the dining room windows or seeing the lights from the tree reflected in the glass. But more than anything I just miss that feeling that comes with being H-O-M-E.
Those are my emotions speaking and I have to give them space sometimes. However, the reality is that we are so, so darn blessed. We are so incredibly loved at my parent's house. My mum even conceded to a real tree this year! After over ten years of fake ones! We are fed, warm and cared for. Unlike so many. I know from experience that when you are missing the essential things necessary for surviving the holiday season can make it all feel so much heavier than any other time. When everything around you is shining bright your void can feel especially dark. So instead of focusing on what I'm missing I'm going to do what my dad always taught me as a way to fix that nagging "blue feeling" - to give. To give to others of my time, money and my hands. So this year I've picked out ten activities for myself and our family to do that will make this season a little brighter for those who desperately need it the most.
For those of you in the DC area, I'll be linking to all the different organizations and initiatives below in case you would like to help too. It's astounding how many places there are that need any little bit of help we can offer.

There were so many Christmases growing up that were made special thanks to the kindness of strangers or friends and I always knew that if I was ever in the position to be one of those "christmas angels" as an adult I would be. Every child deserves at least the smallest dose of magic this time of year. 

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

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