In the spirit of not just getting, but giving, today's guest contributor, Jean Long Manteufel, owner of Long Moving (a North American Van Lines moving company) specializing in senior transition services, and author of www.TransitionsWithJean.com blog, introduces an annual "re-gifting" idea that can become the happiest part of your holiday season.
Make Box-It Day Your New Holiday Tradition
Keeping stuff is a habit - one that started when we were little kids. The kids already have so many toys, that it is a big job when Mom tells them to clean their room; we have tons of sweaters, ties, pajamas, and more. After the holidays, they will have even more things to pick up; we will have even more stuff, unless….
We could start a new tradition, you and me. For every new gift we get for Christmas, let’s put something in a box. We’ll fill the box and give it to people who aren’t as blessed as we are.
Lets borrow from their idea; we also will do it on December 26, but let’s call it Box-It Day.
It’s easy. Get a box, then when your grandkids get all of their new toys, remember, before they put them away, let’s put some old toys into that box, so they can give them to other kids; take your things like old shoes and books, and put them in the box.
Then, on Box-It Day, let’s go together and deliver them to Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul or wherever. You pick. It is a good feeling.
It isn’t easy to let go of things that you’ve enjoyed. But on the days that we are getting new things, let’s let go of some of the old.
We are so lucky. We have so much. Let’s share.
Sorry about that, and Happy Hanukkah!