By Mary Neumann
I don’t know about you, but for me, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas feels more like two weeks than four. Even though our kids are grown up and living on their own, I still seem to have more things on my list than can possibly be accomplished.
This year, things feel a little different though. One of our daughters and her husband bought a house and I’ve been pondering the changes in their lives — and mine. For them, the tradition of busy holidays is just beginning. They’re decorating and baking cookies and having people over. And, when they have kids of their own, the holidays will be even more hectic. Wonderful, but hectic.
Naturally, I’ve come up with some sage advice for them. Take time to smell those cookies. It’s not about spending on gifts, it’s about spending quality time together.
As they get busier, the holiday pace will slow for my husband and me. What will that be like?
Thankfully, our kids live nearby and we see them often. But that doesn’t mean they might not relocate someday. What will it be like if they aren’t close by during the holidays?
Gifts of time
Seniors are susceptible to periods of loneliness any time of the year. But the feelings often worsen during the winter holidays. What was once a time of joyful celebration becomes instead a sad and stressful time. The holiday season can be a painful reminder of how their lives have changed.
If you have a neighbor (of any age) who might be feeling lonely during the holidays, see if there’s something you can take off your list so you have time to drop by and visit. You don’t have to take cookies or a present; your time is the most valuable gift you can give.
If you would to like to reach out to help a neighbor but you don’t have anyone in mind or you aren’t sure how you can help, call Community Caregivers. The need in our community is growing and we are always looking for volunteers.
Gifts that keep giving
We have another need you can help fill. In addition to needing volunteers, we also need financial support.
Why does an organization that uses volunteers to provide services need money? Because without a staff and an office, we can’t provide services.
Yes, we do receive grants and funding from various agencies and organizations. But we also depend on gifts from individuals to make ends meet.
You can give your gift even more meaning by making a donation in honor of, in memory of, or in celebration of a loved one or a Community Caregivers volunteer.
You can also recognize significant occasions and milestones — your own or someone else’s — by contributing to Community Caregivers. Instead of trying to buy presents for those who seem to have everything, why not mark a special anniversary, birthday, or retirement in a meaningful way by making a donation in their name?
Donations to Community Caregivers are tax deductible and the tax year is ending soon. You can get more information and/or make a donation at our website: www.communitycaregivers.org.
We also have a “wish list” on our website, and we accept gifts of stocks or securities. Feel free to contact us at 465-2898 if you have any questions.
Our very best wishes to all for a wonderful holiday season!