Cure the holiday blues by changing a life
(NC) Have you ever spent much of a holiday season so harried you couldn't wait for the end?
It's easy to understand why it happens. There are no more hours in the day than at any other time of year, but there's so much more to be accomplished: decorating, shopping for gifts, wrapping those gifts, preparing special foods, and then there are all those seasonal parties and special events to attend. A festive time meant to focus our thoughts on goodness and light can become filled with hectic, duty-bound days.
But it doesn't have to be this way. Increasing numbers of people are saying “no” to the pursuit of the Hollywood holiday ideal, complete with glimmering gifts and tinsel-trimmed everything. Many of us are opting for more meaningful traditions like charitable gift giving.
According to a 2012 Harris Interactive survey, 68 percent of Canadian adults say they have given charitable gifts in honour of a loved one. Even more—77 percent—say they would actually prefer to receive a meaningful gift that would help someone else, instead of a traditional holiday gift like clothing or electronics.
The growing popularity of donating a gift in someone else's name Part of the growing popularity of charitable gift-giving is no doubt due to the many unique and creative options. Take, for example, World Vision Canada's Gift Catalogue (www.worldvision.ca/gifts). There are practical items that are delivered overseas—such as livestock, school supplies or medicines—to make life easier for families in the developing world. An e-card or printed card can be selected to notify the recipient that a donation was made in their honour. There are also unique gifts featured in the catalogue including beautiful, hand-crafted jewelry, ornaments and accessories that can be purchased online. You can wrap and give these gifts in the traditional manner, with the knowledge that your purchase is supporting impoverished families in the developing world by providing a sustainable source of income.
Charitable gifts are a surefire way to rekindle the holiday spirit.
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