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New Holiday Tradition!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

I think I've started a new holiday tradition! What a super way to spend my Christmas!

Community celebrates Christmas at Bandera family dinner:

(hope this link works)

I was one of the zillions of volunteers hustling to put together the meals that were delivered to the homebound. Pouring gallons of soup or gravy from bubbling cauldrons into smaller buckets from which we ladled servings into small styrofoam servings we then lidded and assembled into styrofoam packs with turkey, stuffing, cranberries and all the trimmings and volunteers would stream in and out with sacks of styrofoam dinners to deliver across the county to home-bound elderly and / or needy people. All the food was home made and prepared by volunteers who were up all night in shifts turning out such an incredible volume of food with such incredible efforts of so, so many people!

It was such a wonderful time being a part of this monumental effort of caring and generosity of spirit! I was truly blown away by the outpouring of so much hard work from such smiling, beautiful people! There were many children helping out as well. People were working in shifts literally around the clock in order to pull off such a beautiful feat.

I've always been so down on the commercialism of the holiday season and have to admit feeling a bit Scrooge-like about it all...what a relief to find something about the holidays to be FOR, instead of AGAINST and to tap into the vein of what I believe the holiday season has always been meant to be: a time of connecting, sharing, giving and loving!

Recently I've enjoyed the wisdom shared at: and VALERIEMAHA noted one recent essay shared by Brother David which is so relevant and beautifully stated:

Cheers & Sparks to everyone out there...loving the passing of the solstice and treasuring each days' extra sliver of sunlight!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHANGE4FIT 1/2/2014 3:09PM

    Catching up in the blogasphere...sounds like a wonderful event and I have to agree on your assessment of its relevance to the true spirit of the season. I get really grumpy about the whole gift giving thing-why on earth should we be buying gifts for family who have everything and buy what they want if they don't have it? UGH.....
I prefer giving gifts to those in need-be it food, clothes or helping out with Christmas gifts for young children-much more fulfilling.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 12/29/2013 6:20PM

    How great is that! Thank you for sharing and (almost) Happy New Year!
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ZELLAZM 12/28/2013 7:48AM

    Did something similar this year on Christmas Day and will definitely be making it a regular thing.

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GREENGENES 12/27/2013 6:47PM

    Fabulous! Something to be very proud of.

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L*I*T*A* 12/27/2013 1:20PM

    thanks for the links...........

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MOTHEPRO 12/27/2013 1:17PM


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RACEWELLWON 12/27/2013 10:36AM

    Very nice , yes with so many people in need over the Holiday Season and really all the time now ! I volunteer for the homeless shelters and women's shelters here in the City if I am uncle to physically attend to volunteer I prepare a dish or donate clothing that I or my DH can no longer ware but that is good condition . Thanks for sharing Don , Wishes for a Healthy New Year ! Karen

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VALERIEMAHA 12/27/2013 9:50AM

    It's exactly what I would expect of you, my friend. You're always pushing the envelope, expanding your horizons, stepping ever further outside that proverbial box. Goddess only knows what you'll discover and share next, Don -- LOOK OUT WORLD!!!

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KANOE10 12/27/2013 8:50AM

    That is a great new tradition. How happy the housebound people must have been to receive dinner on Christmas. I liked the article and loved that picture of the boy. The joy of a child is beautiful. That is one reason why I like teaching.


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WATERMELLEN 12/27/2013 8:36AM

    So happy that you've found something that speaks to you and fills a huge community need. Sounds like a great tradition!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/27/2013 7:03AM

    Now THAT's a proper way to "keep Christmas"! Thanks for sharing (and of course it gave me twinges of homesickness for the geographical region)!

Thanks for sharing it!

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PATRICIAAK 12/27/2013 5:43AM


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_VALEO_ 12/27/2013 4:19AM

    That's the most perfect tradition that you could start! I am not surprised, coming for you! emoticon

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MS_SWEETHEART 12/27/2013 3:12AM

    emoticon Absolutely wonderful! emoticon

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DREAMINGOFNEWME 12/26/2013 11:39PM

    Fantastic thing to do. Well done!

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STRIVERONE 12/26/2013 11:31PM

    I'm not surprised. You're a giver - not a taker. Merry Christmas.

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FITFRIT 12/26/2013 11:19PM


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