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Merry Christmas!       3133327802_3d59a4d0c1_s[1]

The annual season of giving is upon us as we celebrate our Savior’s birth. I pray you and your family and friends get a full measure of Peace and Joy as each day passes.

Christmas is one of the most universally stressful times of the year. Don’t get caught up in the race to see how many presents you can put onto your credit cards. You’ll only spend the rest of the coming year regretting your abandon. Temper your spending spree with insight and restraint.

Give love, instead.

Take the time to savor every moment with your family. You might only see Aunt Emma or Cousin Tom once and only this time of year, but they are dear and fragile, and worthy of your love and concern, not your exasperation and endurance. Jesus came to the world to save us. His central command was to love one another. Love is not a feeling that can come and go, but a verb that you DO with one another.

Doing means knowing something about the other person. It means taking their needs instead of your needs into consideration. It means acting in their best interest. It means putting aside your comfort and taking on their burdens. Love is Action in favor of the other person.

Sure, you’ll eat your favorite foods and desserts, and you’ll sing songs and gaze at lights. But most of all, Share Love this Christmas Season.

  1. Be kind
  2. Smile
  3. Speak a cheery greeting
  4. Lend a hand
  5. Point the way
  6. Do an anonymous Good Deed
  7. Contribute to charities that feed the hungry
  8. Visit a nursing home
  9. Visit your long-lost friends
  10. Write a friendly note
  11. Give some cookies
  12. Give a hug
  13. Share a burden

Share the Love of Jesus with those you know and those who are strangers you meet. All your friends were strangers in the beginning, for who are friends but strangers you got to know?

Peace, Goodwill, Joy — The measure of the Season.

John L


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There are several things you can do to gather a few extra dollars for gifts or entertaining before the season slips away.  Make a list of chores or services you can “perform” and distribute your list to your neighbors.  Post your services on community bulletin boards and if you have a Sr. community in your area, be sure to make your services known there.

Here are just a few ideas for things you can do for others to make their lives easier and your pocket richer.

  • Care for children while parents shop
  • Walk dogs
  • Take care of Pets while owners travel
  • Clean up dog poop from yards
  • Clean out rain gutters
  • Shop for Gifts for those that hate to shop (that would be someone like me)
  • Bake holiday cookies
  • Wrap gifts
  • House cleaning
  • Cook meals (you are cooking for your family… just increase quantities and take to your client)
  • Rake leaves
  • Shovel Snow
  • Address Christmas Cards
  • Sell something on Craig’s list or on eBay
  • Take your old party clothes to a consignment shop
  • Wash windows or cars
  • Run errands
  • Assemble bikes or other toys
  • Hang Christmas lights
  • Baby Proofing Service
  • Party planner
  • Organize closets
  • Computer Training
  • Tutor for Children
  • Daycare for Adults
  • Update receipts and financial’s for year end taxes
  • Design a web page or my space account and train user

Each of us have talents and skills that we can use to benefit others.  While any of these ideas could become a full time, work from home business, that is not the intent here.  At this time, you just need a few extra dollars, and so remember to keep this simple.  Don’t go out and buy business cards or make a business plan.  Just figure out the things you do best, and offer to trade these things for money.

If you have questions about how to further develop any of these ideas, please ask.