We are thankful.
From our team at Midtown Realty Company, we want to wish you, your family, & your friends all the best in 2017.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
What better way to enter the new year, than going on a treasure hunt! What are we looking for? Something most of us have, and many others need. Clothes and toys.
Another great way to make it a happy home for the holidays is to do this...
Simplify your world.
Donate gently used clothes/toys & talk about why you are doing it as a family.
When our kids understand the many blessings we have, and get excited about bringing that same opportunity to others, we've created such a wonderful world for everyone!
With a little over 24 hours to go until we all ring in 2017, let's make 2016 end on a high note, and look for these items to donate. And if you can, do it anonymously. Why? It teaches our kids that leading the way isn't about notoriety, it's about being grateful for what we have through humility.
As 2016 comes to a close, it's always good to pause and think about what you are most thankful for. Even better than what we are most thankful for, is who. Even better than thinking it, is saying it.
So, today's idea is to do both.
Speak. Tell each other one thing about your family that means the most to you.
We were blessed at Midtown Realty to be loved, cared for, and led by a tremendous woman. Bonnie was a Great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, daughter and friend. Her gentle smile and reassuring words were a gift to all she knew. Though her travels now are on streets of gold, her legacy guides us each day through.
And to honor her legacy, what better way than for all of us to tell our families one thing about them, that means the most to us.
That will go a long way to creating a happy home for the holidays.
The holidays can be full of joy.
They can also be a very stressful time for those who are struggling.
Today's idea is for all of us to look around, and see if we can be the blessing to someone else's struggle. It's very possible that there is something we want, that we could really do without. We have a little extra cash we could use to meet a need for a family. Maybe they need new brakes or tires for their car. Maybe they need someone to drop off a bag full of groceries. Or we have extra vacation time, so we were just going to curl up and watch movies all day, when we could be helping an elderly neighbor with a project.
Imagine what the holidays would look like if we were to sacrifice a want, and donate those resources to someone in need.
If we could spend the rest of this week looking for these opportunities, we could truly make someone else's home a happy home for the holidays!
We thought that Christmas Eve was the perfect time to share this idea.
Start a simple tradition this year, that is something to look forward to next year.
With so many things on our "to-do" lists it can feel pretty hard to keep up most days. And around the holidays, things seem to move even faster. So our idea today is to go back to all of our roots. To family. To a moment that lasts far longer than one night, one week, or one season of the year. Something that can be passed down for generations.
As today settles into this evening, talk with your family about creating a simple tradition you could start this year, that is something to look forward to next year.
The key word?
It doesn't have to be something that overwhelms you on your holiday "to-do" list. It's meant to be the opposite. Have fun with it. Be silly. Be still. Be present.
And as tonight rolls into tomorrow...
From all of us to all of you:
The holidays can be a stressful time for many people. Imagine what it might look like if every single person reached out and did one thing for someone else. Think about all of the special people in your life today. Name them off one by one in your mind. Pause on each one for just a second. Is there something you could do to brighten their day? Do they have a need that you can meet? It doesn't have to be huge. It can be, if that is within your ability to reach. But if it's not, anticipating the need and meeting it is more about easing a burden for someone than the size of the gesture.
Surprise someone by anticipating a need…and meeting it.
Could you buy some bread, milk, and eggs for a young family with lots of kids?
Could you shovel the walk of an elderly neighbor?
Could you take someone's dog for a walk that is laid up due to injury/illness?
Could you offer to read a book for the local library for story hour?
Could you get a group together and go caroling?
The gift of our resources, generosity, gratefulness, creativity, and talents would go a long way to making someone else's home a happy home for the holidays.
What if today was the day we reached out to a friend that could use the gift of someone who would listen to them? What if today we let them know that, no strings attached, we'd be the ear they could come to in the time of their greatest need?
Sit with someone and listen. Really listen without the intent to solve, just hear.
The gift of our presence is more valuable than the gifts we give as presents.
What if today was the day we sat, and really listened? What if today was the day we went for a walk and really heard them? What if we bundled up with some hot cocoa or coffee, and made our way with a friend to a single park bench, and let them share their heart with us? It might just be the greatest gift we give this holiday season.
A Happy Home For The Holidays it would be, indeed.
We hope you are loving this new series in our blog! We are having so much fun writing it for you. As December rolls on, we'll continue to share fun ideas on HOW TO CREATE A HAPPY HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
Here is Idea #3:
Read a fun book together as a family.
There is nothing better than curling up with a good book on a cold winter night. And having the opportunity to share that experience as a family? Memories you will make today, and cherish forever!
Send someone a text out of the blue,
that makes them not so blue.
We all know what it feels like to be going through a tough time. And in the midst of struggle, there is comfort found in the encouragement from others. Before you jump on all the social media buttons in front of you, send a text to someone who needs to hear from you. It doesn't take much time, and could be the difference in someone's day that turns it around for the better.
One of the best parts about the holiday season is slowing down from all the hustle and bustle, and enjoying time as a family. We know, that can be easier said than done. We all have packed schedules, shuffling from one thing to another. So in the true spirit of the holiday season, we are going to share some ideas on how to bring the joy back into this time of the year.
So, without further ado...
How To Create A Happy Home For The Holidays!
Say something encouraging, anonymously.
Leave a note around the house for them.
When we share the positive things we are thinking about, it is a source of encouragement that those we love can draw from. We know how it feels to receive a compliment. Idea #1 puts the focus on making sure we do the same for others. And when that happens all throughout a home?
That's a great start to creating a happy home for the holidays!
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