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This season, gift meaningfully

I don’t have a lot of words to say about what has transpired globally in 2015.  My heart is heavy. I also believe each of us has the power to make a positive difference.

As we enter a season of Thanksgiving and joy, let’s focus our giving on where it impacts the most.

For those who have families who regularly gather for gifts… consider everyone giving only one gift.

If you have a warm home and a full belly and regular access to medical care, you already have more than many in this world.

For those with kids… your greatest gift to this world will be to bring up children who will usher in a brighter future. Consider teaching your children to give away things they no longer use. Consider teaching your children to be happy with what they have. They will carry that lesson with them for the rest of their lives.

Consider NOT throwing events where there is a focus on when gifts are opened (this applies to bridal showers, white elephants, yankee swap, Christmas morning gift exchange), AND making it clear on your invitation that you do not want physical gifts. I think it would be more beautiful if the time is spent in being grateful and affirming those you love. Gifts, if brought, should be exchanged discretely. I will not apologize that this may offend readers.

Do whatever you can to help those who have less than you. I still think it is proper to tip, and I still think that the help can be both local and global.

For those who wish to help those who are most affected around the world, these are some of my favorite charities

World Vision, which has a focus on the refugee crisis

Samaritan’s Purse, which has a Operation Christmas Child cause

Food Bank for New York City

Thank you. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving. Merry Christmas. Chag Sameach.

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