I've been busy putting together our presents for the Little Guy's teachers and 40 of Hubby's business associates and clients. eek!
This year I'm going with a "Cold Weather Care Package" theme.
It's a holiday-printed lunch bag stuffed full with an assortment of Bellagio cocoas and mochas, Bigelow Flavored Teas, Honey Sticks, Hot Cider Drink Mixes, Biscotti, bon bons and chocolate truffles, along with a gift certificate to our local used book store.
Oh, and some of those Lazzaroni Amaretti di Saronno cookies. Actually this was an excuse to justify buying 2 bags, because I JUST LOVE THEM.
They're stapled at the top with curly ribbons and look quite festive.
Anyhoo, the big kid and I gave them a test run by giving them to our classmates the last day of school. It was a big hit with the starving students, although some of them had to explain to the old folks what the honey sticks were for!
Since I'm such a fabulous shopper (ha ha--or should I say a lucky one!) I was able to get everything in bulk at close-to-wholesale, so each bag cost less than 3 bucks to put together without the gift certificate. I was able to negotiate with the owner of the bookstore to get those for 20% off, so we're good to go!
Ok, there is a point to this post, and I'm getting to it!!
My mom forwarded me an email last night called A Senior Christmas. It is supposed to be cheerful, but with all of the family stuff going on, it made me feel a bit melancholy.
I started thinking about all of our seniors who are in nursing homes and who don't have families to visit them or think of them during the holidays. There are always a few. My dad was in a nursing home for a brief time, and they can be pretty grim.
So while I'm still knee deep in the extra packages of cocoa and tea and treats, I came up with a plan.
We don't need these extra things to make our holiday brighter. Just being alive and healthy and together makes the season bright enough.
The guys and I are going to spend the weekend putting together a couple of holiday baskets to take over to the local nursing home. I looked on the web to see what might be items most suited and came up with a list:
Warm Fuzzy Socks
Plastic Cups with lid and straw
Tea, Hot Chocolate, or Apple Cider Mixes
Note Cards and Stamps
Large Type Crossword Puzzle Book and Mechanical Pencil
If you're looking for a simple project to keep the kids busy over the holidays, this might be one to think about! You could really brighten up someone's day!