hi. me here. seems the holidays just snuck right up on me, as is usually the case in the wholesale/retail environs. lots of time and energy have been put into the business side of things but i have yet to start crafting the cards, making the gifts, and generally get into the holiday spirit. i do know however, if i'm not feelin' it yet, i always do once i participate in some kind of contributing way to those that aren't able to celebrate in the same even modest way that i can. there's nothing quite like thinking about the homeless, jobless, sick and parent-less that gets me grounded and aligned with the spirit of the season.
i'm always pretty clear by this time each year what my holiday mission is, but i find myself today still undecided. looking at some local county resource bulletins might make for a good start. i'm always fond of getting presents for children, but i tend to over-think them. (what if i give gift cards to target, can someone take them there, do they have transportation? what if i have the wrong size jacket, or color shirt? and i've been known to look for just the right books for hours.) i'd love to hear any thoughts or ideas you have, or about what you might be doing. what is tradition for you, or what is close to your heart when reaching out during the holidays? hope you are all finding your own peaceful strides as chanukah and christmas grow nearer.