CHRISTMAS GIFT GIVING: We have approximately 25 people who we give Christmas gifts to who live out of town. We have family in Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Arizona. (I also have a few friends I mail gifts to also who live out of state) So over the last few years I have gone to giving out as many gifts cards as I can. Sometimes I throw in a little gift for each person or some home made items like Chex Muddie Buddies, my favorite. This year I will be making that along with my favorite cookies. I am also going to try to make some homemade hot chocolate and a very old family recipe for granola. I love giving, it is what I like best about this Holiday besides the birth of Jesus.
I use to buy everyone gifts, wrap them and ship them. But over the years as I have grown older I really only do that for our family here at home. (we happen to love a tree filled with gifts, that is how I grew up and how we do it for our children) I remember all the years of carting box after box into the UPS store. So here is what I do now and I wanted to share this idea with you. A few years ago one of my bowling buddies brought in the form for SCRIP from the school her children were attending. (Scrip is a service where a percentage of the proceeds goes back to the school) I started placing my Christmas order with her. It was so much easier then going to store after store. I know that now you can go into almost any grocery store for a plethora of available gift cards and I have from time to time gotten some during the year. What I really like about doing the Scrip from the school is that as I am buying gifts for our family we are also giving back to the school. So if you know of a local school that has a Scrip Program you might want to place your order for gift cards. Happy holidays!