Countdown to Christmas: 11 days

Tis the season of giving!

Everyone knows Christmas is the time of year when we invest a lot of our time, energy and resources in giving to loved ones. It is important to many of us to take time during the holiday season to recognize those individuals who mean a lot to us, but it is also important to remember that it is possible to keep the spirit of giving without spending a lot of money.

Let your loved ones know you care about them by giving yourself and your time. Our daily schedules are so packed with activities that free time is a precious commodity. Show how much you care through thoughtful actions rather than expensive gifts.

One way to give of yourself is in making coupon books or gift certificates to perform various chores. You can also make coupons for simple expressions of affection such as hugs or reading a book together.

Another winner when it comes to gifts from the heart is a hand-written letter expressing what we appreciate and treasure about the recipient or even a series of notes or messages. If you have a hard time being creative, borrow a phrase or two from a greeting card. Deliver the note with a batch of freshly baked cookies to make someone feel loved and special, which is what really matters when it is all said and done. 

If you would like more information on budgeting for this holiday season, call the Ramstein Airman & Family Readiness Center at 480-5100 or 06371-47-5100. 

(Courtesy of 86th Force Support Squadron)