Happy St. Nicholas Day! Growing up, this holiday was one of my favorites. In my family, we put our shoes out and received little goodies that could be shared with the family throughout the rest of the holiday season.
If you’re interested in learning more about the holiday, here’s a few fun links:
This Monologue: David Sedaris explains St. Nicholas Day in his usual witty way.
This Website: Apparently, there is a St. Nicholas Center devoted to all things St. Nick.
Also, here’s a few of my favorite items to give and share: local honey or tasty fruit butters, exotic cookies from around the world, gourmet sausages, tasty coffee or tea.
Hope you have fun plans today!
(PS St. Nicholas image from here)
Today is Colorado Gives Day – do you have your charity picked out?
It’s easy to get caught up in the mad rush of the holidays. I think it’s important to take a step back now and then to focus on giving back. I love living in a state that goes out of its way to dedicate a day to this important idea.
On December 4, the Community First Foundation and FirstBank team up to challenge the people of Colorado to give back and to give locally. You can go on the Giving First website and pick a charity by name. Or, you can sort through by cause. Over 1,000 local Colorado nonprofits are included.
I plan to donate to 4 Mile Historic Park. I’ve worked in nonprofit development and I know how difficult it can be for cultural nonprofits to get funding in a tight economic climate. I will also donate to Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies. I have several friends who volunteer their homes to foster animals through this group – I want to support their efforts and also help find loving homes for the surprising number of dogs who are abandoned by their owners.
Give a little or give a lot – the gifts add up. Last year, Colorado Gives Day collected over $12 million dollars. And, it’s the perfect way to pause and reflect on the spirit of the holidays while making a difference in your local community.