The Twelve Ideas of Christmas ~ Tenth Day

The Tenth Idea of Christmas My Blogger Gave to Me...

Watch Some Wonderful Movies & Shows from Home

You don't have to go far to enjoy holiday festivities & get some holiday spirit. Simply tune in to some wonderful holiday movies & shows right at home. There are the classics to watch that you may already own on dvd like Home Alone, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol. Along with my Mom, we are truly Hallmark movie marathoners! Since the end of October it's been Christmas all day & night! She & I laugh at how many tree lightings, Santa wishes, mistletoe kisses , cookie baking and ice skating scenes there are. Other channels like Freeform, Lifetime & ION have a bunch of wonderful movies too. On the weekends there is always a new one on all these stations. Sunday I am going to a live performance of A Christmas Story ~  you guessed it, right from my living room. It airs on Fox 7pm est. Looks like it will be a blast. The popcorn is free here at home too! So kick back with a few freshly baked cookies, some holiday tea and a roaring fire and just relax... you so deserve a reboot after this past week & will need it for next week... just sayin'.

The Twelve Ideas of Christmas ~ Ninth Day

The Ninth Idea of Christmas My Blogger Gave to Me...

Maybe with some previous ideas (especially delegating tasks and doing make ahead appetizers & tea), you see a few free hours of time ahead coming your way. The Dickens you say?! (one of my favorite expressions this time of year!) So this next idea is...

Donate time & help others through this holiday season...

We know better than anyone what it takes to pull this season off; but deep down we also know it is the simple things that make the season special. Running a shopping trip for an elderly family member or neighbor and perhaps helping to wrap those gifts would be so helpful Even decorate a few things around their home to make their place festive too. Perhaps they need stamps or some grocery store items; It is a tough time of year to be out in the stores so this is a true gift for them. Maybe those grocery items contain ingredients to make Molasses Gem Cookies or Holiday Tea! How about holding a door for a train of folks laden with packages! I like the idea of buying a few lottery tickets and being a secret Santa to a coworker, neighbor or stranger. All the worthy organizations in your area could use monetary donations and Toys for Tots is there for the kids at a drop off near you. The Salvation Army makes it easy to donate $$ right outside stores! Maybe there is a volunteer organization that could use an extra set of hands in your community. Reading holiday tales to kids or the elderly is a wonderful way to share holiday spirit too! My daughter has been helping her grandmother once a week who is 90. She still gets around but it is overwhelming this time of year for her when she has many stops! They head back to her house after and there are always things to be decked or wrapped. They also have this great quality time together!! When we give, we all receive in many ways.