Dec 8th – If you are doing some holiday shopping today, consider buying gifts “Made In America” and even better if it is made locally.

Less energy for transport, more jobs in your local economy.  Win Win.

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Dec 7th – Support the arts, today.

In our education system, it tends to be the first thing cut from kid’s programs, but  the arts – performance, musical and visual/studio arts – provide incredible enrichment and therapy to peoples lives regardless of your culture, socio-economic status, beliefs, or your mental, emotional or physical state.

Show support today by attending a show, taking in some fine art, or going to a concert… or do an art related project at home.  During the holiday season, there is plenty of creativity to experience.  Enjoy and value it!

Dec 2nd – When putting your holiday list together this year, sit down with yourself and your family and put together a giving list.

It’s always fun to write out your Santa list of things you want and share with any family and friends who may request it, but along with your letter to Santa, write out a list of all the people and places to which you would like to give.  A tradition I plan to start with my kids, before we even get to Santa’s letter. 🙂