The holiday season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa (no, Seinfeld fans, I’m not including Festivus) there is no question that December is a busy season filled with traditions. I’m not the Christmas nut that my wife is,
but I’m not a bah-humbug kind of guy either and enjoy some of the traditions. Among other things, my wife and I make it a tradition to watch our favorite holiday movie A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve and to watch Elf on Christmas Day.
At CFCR, we have a few traditions of our own. We put out Christmas decorations alongside a Menorah. There seems to be an unending supply of cookies and candy, much of it homemade, which makes dieting nearly impossible (I’m not complaining we have some great cooks amongst us). Staff can be seen sporting a number of sweaters and ties that you would not usually see around here, but don’t seem terribly out of place.
A central feature of this holiday season is the concept of giving, a lesson even Ebenezer Scrooge had to learn from three very scary ghosts. Family traditions are often born around this concept. Frequently the giving is not just to friends and family, but to charity and those in need. In my wife’s family we participate in “express Christmas”: we all leave home at the same time and return an hour later with a toy we have purchased for another family member. We then try to guess who each toy is for as each is unwrapped. The toys are then donated to a toy drive through a charitable organization.
The other giving tradition we follow is to give our first and best gift to someone in need or to a charity or non-profit organization whose mission we believe in. I’m happy to say that this tradition is one our children have also adopted and follow in their lives. The truth is, this tradition ends up being the best gift that we give ourselves each year.
This year I encourage you to consider this charitable gift concept, whether your support is to CFCR (I promise you we are good stewards of your support; 88 cents of each dollar goes to client services) or to some other worthy non-profit. I can assure you it will be a highlight of your season. (You can make a donation to Council
So whether it’s Happy Hanukkah or Merry Christmas, our wish for you is a happy and safe holiday season.
With gratitude for all you have given and for all you do,
Interim Executive Director