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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.

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    Great idea! Pay it forward!

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    1624 days ago
    That's a great idea. We support the Salvation Army. I believe that they do so much for others.
    1635 days ago

    When my kids were little I made sure to have lots of change in the car and they would donate a little something every time we walked by. I also keep lots of $1 bills handy for myself now-a-days.

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    1636 days ago
    emoticon Love the idea! I think this is a great tradition. :)


    1637 days ago
    I love this! This time of year gets so busy that we forget some of the simple things and what a wonderful idea of having a dollar for each time instead of putting it all in at one time...spread the joy!
    1637 days ago
    I'm glad you brought this up, because I've been agonizing a bit over giving to the Salvation Army after someone told me SA is anti-gay and discriminates against members of the GLBT community. So after I read your blog, I decided to look it up. What I found was that SA does indeed prevent practicing homosexuals from being full members of SA, which IS a church. That doesn't bother me so much because there are plenty of inclusive churches, including my own UU fellowship. What has helped ease my uncertainty over giving to SA for their overall good work is this from an April SA Position Statement: "The Salvation Army offers its services to all who are in need, regardless of sexual orientation, and opposes the abuse of people based on sexual orientation."

    Thanks for prodding me to come to do some research and find out for myself what SA's GLBT position is. Things are not black and white, but not much is.
    1637 days ago
    Love this! Thanks for the idea and congrats on some new meaningful traditions! emoticon
    1637 days ago
  • JGRAY76
    What a great positive message and a good example for all of us. You should start a challenge to all Sparkers to drop a buck in the Salvation Army kettle each time they pass. I love this!
    1637 days ago
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