Instead of buying lots of little gifts for a big family or for grandma and grandpa who already have everything they need, consider donating to a local food bank in their name or choosing an angel – or a family of angels – from the Angel Tree. In either case you’ll be providing Christmas for someone who might not otherwise have a nice holiday feast or a gift to open. Then share your thoughtful gesture in lieu of a “real” present in a card to let your family or those grandparents know what you did in honor of them.
Another idea that I love is a longstanding project sponsored by our local newspaper called the Community Christmas Card. Readers who donate as little as $2 can have their name included on the “card,” a special page printed in the newspaper on Christmas day. All of the money raised is then donated to a local charity. It’s heartwarming to see the long list of names of our generous neighbors in the paper every year, many presented “in honor of” someone else.
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