25 Days of Giving: A December Challenge

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Salvation Army Bell Ringer

December is always a special time for me.  Not only is it Christmas but it is also my birthday month.
Steve asked the other day what I wanted for my birthday and Christmas. I started thinking what I would want.  I looked around me and I saw my family, my home, plenty of food in the kitchen, and for the first time, there wasn't really anything that I wanted, and to be honest there isn't anything that I need.

I told Steve that what I really want for my birthday is a night out on the town with him.  Of course to us a night out on the town pretty much consists of going out to eat (I'm hoping for my favorite steak place), and a trip to Barnes and Noble to drink coffee and look at books.  It may sound pretty boring to some of you, but to us, it is a wonderful time to reconnect with each other.  

Christmas Family Photo
My favorite Christmas family picture...in all its glory!
But it was my answer to what I want as a Christmas present that really threw him for a loop.  I told him that what I wanted for Christmas was to downsize.  I didn't want more things, I wanted to get rid of things.  We have more than we need and more than we will ever use.  All of our stuff is causing stress.  It is making it hard to clean and get organized.  I would rather have less stuff and more time with my family.  I want to start giving away what I can, and what better day to start this on than today, #GivingTuesday.  

Christmas babies
My Christmas babies...they were so little there.
I love that there is a day especially devoted to giving.  To remind us to give to those who are in need.  But our giving should not be relegated to just one day.  I have my friend Rene to thank for the next challenge that we are going to embark on.  This one shouldn't (I hope) be too hard.  During the Christmas season, we are going to be doing a 25 days of giving challenge.  This is one challenge that I really hope that you will do with me.

Christmas Parade
Carly and me at our hometown Christmas parade.
The idea is that everyday we will do one thing that ends up giving to others.  It could be as simple as donating clothes, donating your time, or donating money.  Each week I will report back on what my family and I did for each day that week to give to others.  I also want to hear anything that you may have done as well.

So who is with me?  Comment below if you are up for this December giving challenge.


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