Christmas is more than just gifts. It is a time when traditions and family bonds are formed. A time when you can forget the stress of the daily life routine and relax and enjoy what you have. I have never been comfortable receiving gifts, especially since my birthday is a week before Christmas the gift giving when I was a child was melded into the two holidays. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that I feel really good in the role of gift giver. I think this spawns from my role as a nurse and my need to nurture.
As I started this post, I thought about asking what your favorite Christmas traditions were, but as I sat here and typed I realized that my own traditions have changed over the last couple of years. I’ve started to give more, and not in the traditional sense. I’m talking to my community. These are very difficult times. Americans have lost jobs, are homeless, and hungry. I too, struggle, but especially this time of year think how I can give those a chance to garner a bit of holiday cheer.
Now, I donate. Donate to toy drives, donate food/turkeys to food and homeless shelters, and donate coats to the drives that collect coats to those that don’t have them. Especially with those in the Northeast who have been hit hard by Sandy, donations of any kind will be very important this holiday season.
It’s very easy to Google local food banks/shelters in your area. Ask your local Fire stations if they’re doing Toys for Tots. The American Red Cross is taking donations for Sandy relief. So get involved in your community. It’s a tradition that really does make you feel good from the inside out!
I want to thank Marianne and Judy for hosting this blog hop today! If you leave a comment on your favorite holiday tradition, I will draw a random name and you will receive a free e-book of my new release, The Doctor’s Deception. And, I will take it one step further. For every comment I will donate one bag of food to my local food bank.
Thanks for stopping by!
About the Author:
She draws a lot from the real-life medical drama she experiences as an intensive care RN for her novels. Writing romance is a creative outlet where she can effectively deal with the daily stress and sorrow, adding levity and humor to situations that provide a happily ever after when there isn't one.
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Kathleen’s Website: www.kathleengrieve.com
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The Doctor’s Deception Available at Evernight Publishing December, 2012
Hard-headed, straight-laced Dr Stone Lassiter is one heart surgeon about to lose everything he’s worked his entire career for. He is locked in a battle of wills against the nurses of the surgical intensive care unit of Deerborne County General. At first, the new doctor was definitely drool-worthy. Sexy or not, the nurses have had enough! Their secret weapon? Unsuspecting SICU nurse, Faith Daniels, a cool green-eye blonde that turns Dr. Lassiter’s head every time she’s near. Poor Faith has the “worst luck” in drawing the short straw and is forced to work with Dr. Lassiter repeatedly. Will the nurses’ plan to have Dr. Lassiter fall in love with one of their own work in softening him toward the nursing staff? Or will the little white lie Stone tells Faith to enlist her aid to obtain his goal destroy the fragile bond of love that has developed between them?