Normally, Christmas for me is a marathon of shopping and spending money. The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas ends up being a huge blur and before I know it, Christmas is over and I haven’t actually gotten to enjoy anything. I was determined to make it different this year.
Instead of racing through the malls, buying things none of us need, my mom and I decided to set a spending limit. We only spent $50 on each person…which forced us to really think and buy things that were actually meaningful. For J, instead of buying him some stupid tool that will sit in the garage collecting dust, I got him a bunch of smaller presents that can actually be used and enjoyed. And while I was out shopping, I took my time and I sang along to Christmas carols and I made sure to wish each person who helped me a Merry Christmas. I even had a good time grocery shopping…although I did give one woman the finger in the parking lot of Stew Leonard’s. Hey…no one is perfect all the time. (Also…she was nasty and she totally deserved it!)
Our Christmas Eve was perfect. I actually got to sit down and eat, as opposed to scarfing down food while trying to prepare the next course. We had fun sitting together in the living room, opening presents and listening to Christmas carols. We enjoyed the yule log on TV while we ate dinner. We overindulged in dessert. And we even got a little snow to give us a bit of a magical white Christmas. It was fantastic…and I’m looking forward to another great day today.
So when it came time to pick a charity for today, I knew I didn’t want to just write a check. I wanted to actually do something meaningful. So I chose Project Linus.
Project Linus provides new, handmade blankets and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. A few weeks ago, they committed to sending 750 blankets to Sandy Hook. It’s a really great organization and they make donating blankets super easy. They have tons of patterns on their site, so whether you knit, crochet, quilt or you have no crafting skills whatsoever, you can find a project and make a blanket.
I crochet, but in the interest of time, I’ve decided to make some no-sew fleece blankets. I went to the craft store and bought pre-measured fleece panels. Now I just have to follow the super simple instructions and put them together. And on Friday, I’m meeting the president of my local chapter to give her seven new blankets for kids who need them.
The other thing I love about Project Linus is that every single person who works for the organization is a volunteer working out of their home. That’s true dedication.
So please consider making a blanket and donating it to this great cause. And I hope you all have an amazing, magical and very merry Christmas.