We’re in the last gasp of the year and I got very verbose while writing this up yesterday, so I hope you’ll indulge me.
For many, it’s the mad rush towards the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays: braving the malls, buying presents, setting up the Christmas tree, stringing lights, hanging ornaments…keeping the cats away from the decorated tree (because you KNOW they’re going to climb it for the classic “cat dumps Christmas tree” pictures!).
Then there’s the wrapping of presents - with the cats wanting to help!
And those of you with dogs aren’t immune - Christmas cookies for Santa that are cooling on the counter are often at the perfect height for a quick grab-and-chomp!
In any event, it’s also the time of year when, during our rushing about, we are hopefully thinking of others who are less fortunate. Little things can do a lot for others during the holidays when many can’t travel to be with their families or are alone.
Go ahead and wave someone through as they’re trying to make a turn in front of you through a busy intersection.
Make donations to your favorite charities (although it’s always good to do this throughout the year!)
Smile at the harried retail workers and give them a heartfelt thanks.
Drop some change into the red buckets outside your local stores.
Volunteer at food pantries or shelters.
If you can, give blood (again, always good to do so throughout the year!)
Look in on your elderly neighbors - bake some cookies for them (if the dog didn’t get them all!) or just spend time chatting with them.
OK, now to the food - holiday parties will start to gear up - there will be appetizers (a.k.a. Scooby Snacks) and corresponding drinkage, office pot-lucks and Yankee Swaps with silly gifts, neighborhood progressive parties, fancier office parties being held. Plus there’s menu planning for family meals - do you do a big meal on Christmas Eve or keep it small because there will be a big meal on Christmas Day? Or are you deciding to get away from it all and heading for the islands for a tropical getaway while everyone else is dealing with snow?
Regardless what you do - wishing everyone a safe and happy month as we wind down 2022.