As the holidays are upon us

grinch“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

I say, “Merry Christmas.” You may say something else and I respect that, please enjoy, embrace and share your love for the holiday which YOU celebrate. Aren’t our holiday intentions all pretty similar? Winter holidays have much in common in that we celebrate love, life and light.

Winter is colder, darker, bleak, right? That’s why people bring evergreen trees into their home? Evergreen trees are a sign or symbol of everlasting life during a time of year during which much dies, especially in areas of colder climate.

christmas-givingAll of this being said, the point of this post is that no matter what holiday you may be celebrating, all of us can benefit from bringing life, love and light into each other’s lives. For Brae’s Brown Bags that means continuing to deliver bags of healthy food to those in need. To make sure we are able to donate handwarmers, socks, coats, gloves, etc. If you drive by bus stops in the morning, knowing how bitter cold it is outside, and you see a child waiting without a hat or without a coat, you have the ability to provide that child with something to keep them warm. If you’re not comfortable stopping and handing the child a coat, then bring gently used coats to your local schools. I promise you they will be used.

grandma-736004_960_720Plan time for your family to volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Write a letter to your mail person, the people who pick up your garbage or recycle. Bring a basket of fruit to your community firehouse or police troop. Send a care package overseas to troops who are away from home during the holidays. Visit a nursing home with your kids and bring books to read or pictures that they have colored.

sacredheartThis past weekend, Braeden, my Mom, Finn and Amelia (my two younger kids) took a trip out to Sacred Heart Parish in Chestertown, Maryland. Brae spoke with the group and they ended up packing 85 bags of healthy food, chapsticks, socks and handwarmers for those in need in their local community. It is always a beautiful activity to be a part of and it brought peace into my day.  This group was excited to hear from Brae and even more excited to be able to help! That is the best thing about Brae’s Brown Bags, it’s so easy to do and yet it packs a powerful punch.

There are so many ways we can warm hearts, shine light and celebrate life if only we take a moment to do so. When you pass someone during your travels, or even in the office hall, say Happy Holidays, or Merry Christmas, and then add on a compliment, a bit of kindness. This time of year is about sharing good will, so let’s practice just that.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, from all of us at 3B


A Holiday Greeting from the White House

It’s pretty cool to get a Christmas card from the White House.

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I got one last year and it popped up and the windows were shiny.

This year it was doors and you opened the door to see inside the White House. And I have been in that area of the White House before, but not at Christmas time.

I think it’s cool that it’s signed by everyone and even has paw prints for the dogs.

And at the White House website they have cool holiday things you can print out including recipes, wrapping paper and crafts. Click the image to the right to check them out.white-house-holiday

We will send the President and the First Lady a Christmas card from our family, too.

This time next week it will be Christmas Eve and I’m excited, especially to have a break from school!

And also Happy Hanukkah to all of you celebrating, I know it started last night!

Remember to give even after the holidays

My family and I will be packing bags for two upcoming events for the next week. We will have our first stop at the Newark Empowerment Center on Monday 12/23 and our monthly stop to the Emmanuel Dining Room on Saturday, December 28th. For those of you out there who have some extra to give please know that even after the holidays have passed there are still many people in need. You can help by donating to 3B, by making your own 3B bags for people or by donating directly to your local food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

My school district included a little bit about my recent delivery to my elementary school in their newsletter they sent out to everyone. I thought I would share what they wrote because it was nice of them.


Today is my last day of school for 2013! School is cool and all but I’m really happy to have a break for a little while!

Merry Christmas to you and Happy Everything!