How can you give back to the community? Do you send Christmas cards or a Christmas letter? My husband writes our Christmas letter. People tease me about not doing the letter with me being an author, but my husband has a real sense of humor and writes a really fun letter.
You don’t have to do everything yourself. Your husband or kids, if they are old enough to help, can sign and address the cards and envelopes. The younger kids can help with stuffing the envelopes and putting on the stamps.
Will you be sending out packages this year? Mail them out this week to make sure they get there on time. It’s also something to mark off your list that’s time sensitive.
Shopping and Shipping:
Take stock of where you are on your food and gifts shopping lists. Do you have things to order and mail? Make sure to allow shipping time so everything is ready before Christmas. Here’s the schedule and link: https://www.usps.com/holiday/holiday-shipping-dates.htm
2018 Holiday Shipping Dates for Contiguous U.S.
Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251
Domestic Mail Class/Product Date (excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
First-Class Mail Service® Dec. 20
Priority Mail Service® Dec. 20
Priority Mail Express® Service Dec. 22
USPS Retail Ground® Dec. 14
Giving to Others:
This is also a good week to think about those who serve you or may be alone over the holidays. Encourage the kids to help with making cookies these and decorating them. Talk with them about why you are taking them to shut-ins. That some people don’t have any family or friends in the area and they really appreciate others thinking of them. Also, talk about how the police and firemen are always available to protect us. It makes them feel good when people thank them for their service and take them some treats as a thank you gift.
They can be 1. cakes, 2. bar cookies, 3. or loaves of bread. Make them size appropriate to where they are going. If it’s a person that’s alone make a half cake, small loaf of bread or small plate of cookies. For the police and fire station take a whole cake, platter of cookies, or a larger loaf of bread.
Make sure you have the kids go with you when you deliver the goodies. Spend time with the people when you drop off the things you have baked. If you are comfortable and your guest too, take a picture and post it or put it on your scrapbook showing how your children reaching out in thanks for those who serve us. You’re reaching out in love to others and serving God too.
Who will you be reaching out to?
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