So, I was starting to think I wasn’t going to be able to pull off Holiday Cheer this year and I was worried because I kept getting so many messages and little reminders from people who let me know we needed to do.
For one I got this text message I shared on FB a while back.
This was also shared on my wall not that long ago and this is from our Holiday Cheer 2 years ago.
I have also become friends with a nominee from 2 years ago and our We Can Do Hard Things sign hangs on her playroom wall.
So I knew that somehow I had to keep this going but how and what would our theme be that could apply to anyone?
Thank goodness for amazing and brilliant friends. Alyssa Wagner, whom many of you readers know, is the best ever and she sent me the brilliant idea of collecting donations and gift baskets from small business owners and then conducting a silent auction and using the $$$$ to buy the holiday cheer gifts! Alyssa, I adore you – this is exactly how we will fund Holiday Cheer this year!
So if you are a small business owner, or you have something that you make or sell and you would be willing to donate let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you would like to give. I will donate an individual reading and a group reading package! We can do this – together we can do this and pull this off.
Now remember Holiday Cheer is about letting those people in our lives know we think they are amazing. In the past we have sent gifts to single moms, young kids fighting huge challenges, special education teachers, and those that were struggling with life circumstances and doing it with a positive attitude just to name a few examples. It can really be anyone as long as you have a compelling case to share about their extreme AWESOMENESS!
I have always thought it was important to let others know that they are AWESOME just by being who they are. To take a moment and make sure that ordinary, every day people who do extraordinary things day in and day out know that they are appreciated and recognized.
So this year our theme comes from a quote from my favorite book:
“Real courage is when you know you are licked before you begin, but you begin any way and see it through no matter what.” – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.
So many people I have met this past year are facing each day with challenges that would knock the best of us to our knees and yet they not only stand, but continue to put one foot in front of the other and execute each day with the best and most positive attitude they can muster. They live any way, love any way, give any way. So real courage is seeing something through no matter what – like a boss!
I know you know people like this too. I can’t wait to hear about your nominees and I know everyone else that is going to take part in Holiday Cheer this year – those that are willing to donate – they can’t wait to hear about them either. So if you have a nominee; man, woman or child let me know. You can email me the nominee and why you think they should be nominated and what some of their interests are or some type of gift you think they might like.
Once I receive the nominees, I will let you know if they will be chosen for this year (we haven’t turned anyone down yet). Then I will get the gifts together. Usually something nice and I will make sure we include a framed print with the quote. Then on December 1st all the way through the 25th of December a gift is delivered each day to a nominee. If you are not local – no problem we have shipped gifts to Colorado, Southern California, and Utah. I can ship the gift anywhere.
I then share the nominee’s story and reason for being nominated on my blog so that we can all follow along with sending them cheer.
That is it; it is that simple.
I am looking forward to those that can donate and learning more about the nominees that you have in mind. Email me at email@example.com and let’s get this Holiday Cheer started for 2015!