This post is about a two-way celebration. I want to see if I can bring the two thoughts together.
First, I'm celebrating because this is my 600th blog post. And I promised a give-away.
Second, we're coming into the season of celebration, and for many people, celebration and giving are going to take different forms this year. Here are two evidences of this:
Exhibit A: A woman in Indiana who feels guilty that she can't spend the $600 that she spent last year for gifts for her then 3-year-old daughter. I had to read this twice to make sure I understood. This wasn't a total Christmas budget of $600. It was $600 for a 3-year-old!
Exhibit B: Dear Marlene who recently was laid off and has been thinking about what really is important in holiday celebration and is asking bloggers to share their thoughts.
Like most, our family is impacted by the current economic situation. We had made the decision a few months ago to cut back on our giving to each other. We had begun to feel as though the prolonged opening of gifts was actually cutting into our time together!
Okay. Here is where it comes together. Remember the scarf that I made last week? The one I wrote about here? Well, I checked with a family member of my proposed recipient and learned that while the lady would have appreciated the gift and the work that went into it, it was unlikely that she would actually wear it -- her taste runs to less complicated patterns. Would you wear it? Or would you give it to someone you know and love who would wear it? Because I'm going to give it away to one of you.
Here is what you do: Go on over to Marlene's blog and read what she's written and share a piece of your own recession-style holiday plan with her. And leave me a comment on this post (making sure there is a way I can contact you). This coming weekend, I'll draw a name and the scarf will be in the mail on Monday!