Rather than searching for the perfect gift (and most likely settling on a so-so gift that a family member doesn't really want), we are opting to anonymously help a family who has many more needs than ours could ever imagine. This year, our family members will receive the gift of knowing that their customary perfectly wrapped presents under the tree were instead used to help make the holiday great for a struggling family.
The current economic climate has reinforced how much the true spirit of the holidays is in the giving rather than the receiving. With so many out there with so little this year, it seems silly to just want more.
How has the state of the economy affected your holiday shopping plans? What are you doing to give back to those less fortunate this year?
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