To shop or not shop …

I meant to post this last week. Before the full holiday shopping frenzy began. But I forgot to post it.

So here it is now.

Before Thanksgiving I read some stories about businesses that wouldn’t be open on Thanksgiving for the big start of the crazy shopping season.

Here is a list of the stores that stated they would not be open on Thanksgiving.

REI is among the companies that were not open on Thanksgiving. They are also gave their employees Black Friday off with pay. That’s pretty awesome.

Back in the day when we only had Black Friday I never participated. I am not a fan of crowds. And I refuse to wait in line for hours to get a few bucks off a TV.

When I did buy Christmas presents I made it a goal to get it all done BEFORE Thanksgiving. Then online shopping became a thing and I had a goal to get it done by a certain time (can’t remember my deadline). But enough to mail out stuff I needed to without paying a fortune for shipping.

For years Curt and I haven’t been giving Christmas gifts. At some point we decided with our families that no one needs … Continue reading

Basic necessities=Christmas spirit

Merry Christmas!

Or happy whatever you celebrate or don’t. Enjoy your time off with your family or friends or if you choose to spend it alone.

And for all those who have to work today, thank you.

I feel lucky for all the family I got to see over the past few days: parents, my in-laws, my brother, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles …

Are you sick of me talking about charities and donations and helping others? I doubt it. But hey, it’s my passion. And I am gonna keep talking about it and hope I rub off on others.

As I have said before we no longer exchange gifts with our families. Instead we donate to charities. We all have different organizations we like to support.

Some of the charities we and our families have supported in lieu of gifts are Brighter BeginningsPajama ProgramHeifer InternationalPlanned ParenthoodCharity Choice Gift Cards, Alameda County Food Bank, Tucson Food Bank, Emerge, Poverello House among others.

For the past year or so I have been supporting the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center in Berkeley. I collect toiletries when we travel and occasionally take them to the … Continue reading