Let’s face it, as crazy as it seems, Christmas really is just around the corner. Like other religious holidays, it is magical. Children look forward to it all year. There is anticipation, excitement, and the joy of being with those we love.

Gearing up for the holidays is hard work but fun.

Starting next month, the whirlwind that many of us live in between the end of summer and New Year will once again commence. The lull of summer—if you were granted one—will drift away and be replaced by school schedules and everything that comes with sports and other extracurricular activities.

You don’t have to have kids to feel the sense of urgency the calendar places on our collective minds due to the school year. The tempo of our culture simply changes. The daily grind returns in short order along with several US holidays: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween—a fantastic evening in Easton, MD I must say—next is Thanksgiving, then Giving Tuesday—just before Christmas, Hanukkah (depending on the lunar calendar) and Kwanzaa.

But essentially, the time flies by.

With our cluttered minds, it is easy to forget—well everything. Holding down the family fort takes a great amount of effort. Things slip away. It’s easy to get lost in the buzz of it all and forget to take a moment of thanks for what it is we do this all for—family, friends, and community.


And you may have noticed in my list of holidays, I included Giving Tuesday. In the last 8 years, it has raised over one billion dollars for charitable causes around the globe. We’d like to be a part of that momentum and remind people to donate on December 3rd (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving).

So, even though it’s only July, preparing for the holidays begins very soon for many of us, and we would be ever so thankful if you considered Global Vision 2020 as your Giving Tuesday charitable cause!

#prepare #budget #charitablegiving #GV2020 #Dec3

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