Monday, December 03, 2012
At the beginning of the month of December, I realized that I was missing a sense of traditions.
When I was growing up, we had specific holiday traditions. When I became a Mom, I developed holiday traditions with my daughter and her father. Then I got divorced and remarried. With children grown and a new (and unsentimental) husband that had raised his own family, we did not develop specific traditions. I found there to be a sense of a void within me. So, I decided to start some personal traditions!
This year, our finances are a lot better than last year and I am very grateful.
So, after Thanksgiving, encountering Salvation Army bell-ringers nearly everywhere I went, I developed a new tradition. Usually, I find walking past them a little uncomfortable. I reasoned that I could not donate to each and every one or I'd be broke. I reasoned that they probably knew that. I noticed that many people walk right by them avoiding eye contact. Salvation Army is a great organization and helps people worldwide, and I am more than happy to give them some money. So this year, I got $20 worth of $1.00 bills. When I go into a store, I put in a $1.00 bill. This starts a postiive exchange with the bell-ringer. It also sets an example of giving. This has been a very joyful thing to do. I think it gives the bell-ringer a little happiness too. They stand out there for long periods of time and it has to seem like a thankless task.
I also expanded this to tipping a extra few dollars when I am in a restaurant.
Also, anyone that performs any service for me (sales personnel, cashiers, baggers) , I try to cheerily thank and be friendly. They really seem to appreciate this and it makes for a happier day for both of us.