'Tis the season...to give back.

On Friday, my little girl will turn 4. (For the record, 2012 has absolutely been the fastest year of my life: hands-down, no question.) Though I love this time of year, I am desperately trying to figure out when I am going to bake four dozen cupcakes, finish my holiday shopping, and somehow manage to stay afloat at work for the next few weeks.

But...as crazy things are right now, I am carving out time on Friday to take C to Toys"R"Us, where in honor of her birthday and the season, we are going to be making someone's holidays extra bright: we are going to anonymously pay off someone's layaway. This genius movement was started by my friend Lisa Trosien, and I am so excited to be part of it. I am also really proud that C is excited about it, since we have been working to instill a desire to want to "give back" and help others. (She also wanted to know if she'd get a toy during our special trip. Ahem. But as I said, we're working on it!)

Anyway, I know that not everyone can go pay off, or even pay down, someone else's layaway. But since the holidays are nearly upon us, I urge you to think about the true meaning of the season, and consider how you can make a difference to someone else during the next few weeks. Maybe it's shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor (yes, I'm holding out hope for a white Christmas). Maybe it's delivering a batch of cookies to the family down the street. Maybe it's just smiling and holding the door for someone juggling an armful of packages. Whatever it is, remember that even a very small effort can go a long way.

I'm not sure whether this will be my last post of 2012...so just in case: Happiest of holidays to you and yours, and may we all find peace and joy as we close out the year.


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