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I regret that I don't have more fresh organs to give
Some of my family asked me to do this and I am happy to. Tonight my daughter just asked me to make a pledge to a little radio station in New York for her birthday I did it online. When my Dad passed he wanted us to to ask for donations in his name to the Salvation Army, he said they fed him and his widowed mom when he was little during the depression. He never forgot. He gave back a thousand fold. I am careful about how I donate money . I can't give my folks the candy my Dad liked, or cookies for Mom, but I will donate to the Salvation Army with Dad in my heart and to a Topeka restoration project with Mom (I can hear her, don't give to much, but give them something, but don't spend your money, you aren't rich). So yes I donate as gifts to loved ones.
I had an aunt decide to buy animals for some village in Africa on behalf of different people in our family in place of gifts. This was after we all had purchased gifts for her and her family. It was a nice thought but it ended up with her still having Christmas and everyone else receiving nothing but a good feeling, I guess... Hard to process when your 10. Give to a charity, YES! But only when asked to do so by someone on their behalf. Otherwise you risk effectively "cancelling Christmas" on your loved ones and friends.
People of all ages, including 10 year olds, need to be exposed to the act of giving and not receiving. Isn't that what "Christmas" is really about? I think that your Aunt's decision to give the gift of a donation, on behalf of all of your family members, is truly the best give she could give. I commend her.
Now days they say "Happy Holidays" INSTEAD OF MERRY CHRISTMAS. When you remove Christ from Christmas, then it has LOST THE TRUE MEANING. Just another day. We better put him back.
I have been having this discussion with others over the past week or so. I say Happy Holiday's because it is respectful. I do not want to assume that everyone celebrates Christmas, because in reality I know that they don't.
In my opinion, there are two ways that Christmas is celebrated. For those who believe in God and for those who believe in Saint Nicholas. I am an atheist and do not believe in the religious part. I believe in Saint Nicholas and the act of giving and what he stands for.
Don't forget that "Christmas" traditions that we have come to know so well, in fact stem from other traditions that were celebrate before its time; therefore, being adopted from other religious groups practices. For example, the holiday of Saturnalia which was celebrated by Pagans. Interesting to know that pagans who used the birth of Jesus as an excuse to mask their solstice festivities from the growing dominant Christian populous...though many of the 'pagan' practices (lights on a tree, gifts, feasting,etc.) were later adopted by the early Christians and expanded on throughout the centuries.
Regardless of how or what we celebrate, the holidays are about being with family, friends and loved ones.
I have donated money in your honor to the
Woman to Woman educational gifts. http://www.womenforwomen.org/gifts-that-give-back-2010.php?source=GTGBPDSCH
.What you give is more important than what you want.
It's much more rewarding than paying taxes to the federal government......local govenment not so distasteful as the DC ruling class gvmt.
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