Having a daughter in college definitely changes the way I get things done, especially family traditions!
While she was home for Thanksgiving, we decorated our Christmas tree.
And we got the handprints on our tree skirt before she left. Every year, I paint the girls' hands with fabric paint and they make a handprint on the tree skirt I made from a white flat sheet. I cut a slit halfway through the short side, to make a place for the tree trunk. We've been doing this since 2002 when I saw a friend's handprint tree skirt. My oldest might be 18, but I'm not ready to let go of this tradition yet!
In our house, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. She won't be home for Hanukkah, so I sent some chocolate gelt with her. I'm hoping we can skype at least a couple of nights when we're lighting the candles.
Organization is an ever-changing thing, as family needs change!
You're never too old : ) My kids are nearly 17 and 20... but 2013 is represented on the skirt. Maybe someday I'll do a new one with grandkids...
I love giving to others -- not only does it help me, but I find that it makes me feel great!
There are many ways to give. We can give money or items... and I do both. But I find the best way to give is to give of myself. One of the best things about being organized is that I'm able to find time to volunteer for organizations that are important to me. I pace myself with work, family and volunteering (my planner is a lifesaver!) and it benefits me and those around me.
But it can be smaller than that. Holding the door open for someone with a lot of packages or pushing a stroller, letting someone go ahead of you in line, or sending a Happy Thanksgiving text to a friend (the several I received this year meant a lot to me) are all simple, but meaningful ways to give to others.
I recently reviewed Katherine Reay's debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley. Tonight she will host a Fadebook party (Dec. 3) at 8 p.m. est. She will have a variety of prizes including Amazon, Starbucks and Barnes and Noble gift cards, copies of the book, a Kindle HDX and an Austen-themed prize pack. RSVP here.