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3 Holiday Traditions to Start Now

Missing the holiday traditions you grew up with? Looking to start some holiday traditions of your own? Domestic CEO has 3 new options for holiday traditions to help you feel warm and nostalgic year after year.

By
Amanda Thomas,
November 7, 2013
Episode #084

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Holiday Tradition Option #2: Give Back

I am a huge believer in giving back to my community. I am on the board of a local domestic violence shelter and work with several other organizations throughout the year. Even with the year-round volunteering and giving, it still feels extra special to give around the holidays. Whether you want to give time, money, or gifts, just look around and you’ll find a plethora of opportunities.

If this is your first time giving back in your community, it can be hard to know where to start. What I would recommend is finding a cause you are passionate about first, then looking for an organization that works for that cause. Almost every non-profit has something special happening during the holiday season, from serving large meals, to organizing 5k runs, these all take volunteers to help behind the scenes.

To get involved, simply give them a call and tell them you would like to volunteer. I can pretty much guarantee any organization you call will have an opportunity for you to help. If you prefer to give financially instead of through your time, I don’t know a single non-profit that would turn down an end of the year donation.

See also: How to Get Tax Deductions for Charity Work

 

Whichever option you choose, stick with it year after year. As your resources become larger, you may choose to give more in the future, but continuing your original gift of time or money will help you feel the sense of nostalgia that goes along with holiday traditions.

Holiday Tradition Option #3: Shop Locally

Shopping locally supports jobs for people in your neighborhood. It allows the local business to use other local vendors for their products and local professionals, like accountants, to help with their business. It also sends tax dollars to your state. When you shop at a store that is locally owned, 73% of the money you spend stays in your community. When you compare that to the 43% that stays when you shop at a store that is not local, you can start to see the impact of keeping your money close to home.

If you are in the habit of just running to the nearest big box store to buy your holiday gifts, set a goal to buy at least 20% of your gifts from local business owners this year. Not only will you help support people in your own backyard, but you will probably find a few hidden treasures you didn’t even know existed. There are so many boutiques, specialty stores, or even booths at local markets where you can find unique gifts that actually have a story behind them. So go find a few new shops to support and give gifts that your friends and family will actually remember!

Those are just 3 recommendations for new holiday traditions you can start this year. Remember though, it’s not officially a tradition until you do it again, so make sure to set yourself up for things you can repeat again year after year. When you get the warm, fuzzy, nostalgic feeling during the next holiday season, you will be proud of your decision to start a holiday tradition this year.

What are some holiday traditions you do year after year? Share them on my Facebook wall, or tweet me @thedomesticceo.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.

Table setting and volunteer images courtesy of Shutterstock.

 

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