Daily Resolution: Be Someone’s Angel

Check with your local church, shelter or community center for residents and neighbors who are in need and come to their rescue. Often you can get a specific list of items for particular families or individuals who may be in need of things like blankets, or toys for children, diapers, hygiene products, coats, etc.  Volunteer some time with hospital patients who cannot be home for the holidays. Bring in a group of carolers to lighten the atmosphere. It does not take much effort to be an angel, and you may even earn your wings!

Daily Resolution: Look Out Below! Mistletoe!

When was the last time you stood under the mistletoe? The actual practice of kissing under the mistletoe began in England in the 16th century, but it is not as popular these days as many people may believe.  Bring the tradition back by hanging some of the greenery in a modest spot in the office or home. Watch how people react. The origins connected to the holiday use of mistletoe come from varied sources. The Celts believed in its power of protection and some cultures believed it had healing power. Today, scientists know it to be a parasitic plant. At the very least it might be a conversation starter or the beginning of a beautiful relationship for someone!

 

Daily Resolution: Don’t Get Caught Empty-Handed

Last minute invitations or spontaneous celebrations can be very nice, but sometimes it can catch you empty-handed. Keep a drawer or closet space for a few general items that may be handy in a pinch like for celebrating the arrival of a baby or a last minute party invitation. Look for special deals/sales for things that are potential gifts throughout the year: diapers, a bottle of wine, a picture frame, toys, aromatic soaps, etc. Look around your house; you may have some things to serve the purpose without realizing it.

Daily Resolution: Cook-off for Charity

Find a fun way to bring colleagues and friends together for a good cause. Have a cook-off at your work site: Chili, homemade soup, barbecue, whatever your preference. Everyone who enters must make a donation to a charity agreed upon by the participants. Recruit “taste judges” to sample the entries (judges must make a donation as well).  Award ribbons or certificates for the top 3 entries. The bragging rights alone will last throughout the year and will promote the activity for the following year. Be careful when judging the boss’s entry!

Daily Resolution: Use Magnet Magic

Take a look at the door of your refrigerator today. If it is free of clutter, congratulations! If there are various coupons, calendars, bills, etc. layered on, then it is time to straighten it up. Throw away any items that are expired or outdated. Arrange items in some order and remove anything that needs an update (example: photos). Get some new magnets that add personality to your kitchen or get larger clips to hold what you need together. And while you are at it, dust the top of the appliance!

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