26 November, 2011
An Open Letter to Santa Claus
Hi it's Jamie. You might remember me from this picture *cough cough* years ago. I was the little girl holding the red toy truck.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I won't be expecting any gifts this year. Scott and I have decided to celebrate our anniversary and Christmas "off the grid" with no gifts. Money is tight, and we have what we need and can wait for anything else we want.
Whatever extra money we do have this season is going to be donated to our two chosen charities. This year, we'll be giving to the Alzheimer's Association (and not just because their ribbon color is purple!) and the Wounded Warrior Project. We know our friends and family will understand our desire to "pay it forward" rather than give and receive trinkets, and we hope that they consider making a donation to a charity of their choosing instead of buying anything for us.
It's nice to know that our money will be helping those who deserve not only our help, but our gratitude. And I'm not going to lie - not having to fight the holiday shopping crowds is a gift in itself!
Merry Christmas to you and the Mrs., and feel free to stop by for some cookies. We'll be sure the save you some!