Knotty Musings

Ideas, philosophies, and evil plots to take over the world through love hatched here.

I Am Enough

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically
liberates others." ~ Marianne Williamson

Remove the Nots

Remove the Nots

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Creative Tips For the Holidays

These are some fun ideas: I like the turkey tip and the gift game.

MAP WRAP. Many public libraries sell old books, magazines and periodicals. I buy old maps for 10 cents each and use them as wrapping paper for gifts. I buy plain ribbon from the $1 bin at my local craft store. While some people spend $20 for gift wrapping for the holidays, I spend $2. If only books and magazines are available, buy old copies of National Geographic with maps inside and use those. Melissa C., California

TURKEY TIP. Grocery stores often run good sales on whole turkeys prior to and after the holidays. I remove the legs and wings, and pack them separately in freezer bags. One turkey can make quite a few meals and it's easier to fit in the freezer once cut apart. Jill M., e-mail

GIFT GAME. My daughter started a game with the presents at Christmastime. We wrap gifts without name tags. Each person chooses a gift and, after opening it, tries to determine who it is for. We also wrap "junk" in fancy packages and watch faces as each gift is opened. Then, we hand out the real gifts after the laughter dies down. The important thing is to know your family and what would work with them to make it fun. Veronica B., e-mail

WARM THE SOUL. We fix a large coffee percolator pot of cranberry cider at the office every Friday during the holiday season. Cinnamon sticks and cloves go in the basket, and all clients and visitors who stop by are offered hot cider and donuts or cookies. Everyone loves it! Jane W., e-mail

SOURCE: Everyday Cheapskate newsletter

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