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Journal Writing Project - The Season of Giving

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Christmas shopping, baking, party planning, holiday decorating, preparations for the arrival of family, New Year's resolutions, and the planning of dinner menus all seem to contribute to the tension that some feel over the holiday season each year. As we draw closer to 2011 and Christmas shifts to the back of our minds once again, we should take a moment to reflect upon how fortunate we are for what we have and what we've received. It is important to keep in mind that there is someone out there that did not have equal opportunities for celebrating the holidays as we have had. Sure, Christmas can be about getting what you wanted or buying the best gift for someone, but it should also be about appreciating what you already have and not always receiving more.

It is important to keep in mind the members of the military and their families as they may be separated during this time that is commonly spent together. The current economic recession is important to be thinking about also. The high number of the unemployed may not allow for many to have an "as grand" holiday as they face fiscal challenges.

People facing difficulties such as these face an even more serious stressful holiday than most. These real problems add more pressure to a person, more than getting the gift wrapping done in time or setting up the Christmas tree. But there is something that anyone can do to help relieve some of apprehension and anxiety. There are an ample amount of opportunities to give to someone in need. Opportunities such as these extend year round and not just during and around the holiday time of year. Since we are just finishing with Christmas, the Salvation Army Red Kettles will be brought in; this is a great program to begin the season of giving. Small amounts of change help in an unimaginable way. All of the coins do add up. If you are not looking to give money, time is also valuable. Bell ringing and other volunteer positions are always widely needed. Anyone can even host their own red kettle. Donations to the Salvation Army itself are also a great way to assist someone in need and they are open all year round. Local food shelves are always looking for support from the public. Food can never really be over-donated. Remember that these are only a few ideas that you can do to help out someone in need, and even the smallest donation will help someone. Remember that when you do any of these helpful deeds, you are feeding hungry families, providing Christmas presents for needy children, heating the homes of struggling senior citizens, and providing some form of help for millions of others. Any method that you choose to help is greatly appreciated.

The year of 2010 has been an exciting, adventurous year and a great beginning to the new decade. I hope everyone has a happy new year. And, for next year... on top of your gift shopping, baking, and other holiday preparations, also remember that any small gift goes a long way.

Mitch Walbridge is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 10 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its twelfth year.

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