It appears that this time of year will be a difficult time for many folks. Although many of us may feel the pinch of the economic downturn, we always have to remember that it is worse for other folks who have currently been laid off due to the economic crisis. There will be a lot of little kids this Christmas without any gifts. So those of us that still have income flowing in should consider giving a little extra this year. For my family, it may mean that my 2yr old may get only 1 gift from mom and dad this year (plus all the others from grandma and grandpa) and my husband and I forgoing Christmas presents from each other, but it will give the opportunity to another child that isn't so fortunate to also get something for Christmas.
It is a great time to go through our pantry and our closets and give to charity. And for those of you that are getting ready to list your homes for sale, it is a great way to remove the clutter!!! Many charities will come to pick up donations from your house such as Salvation Army and Purple Heart. I personally like Toys for Tots --run by the Marine Corps reserve. So let's start giving!!!