By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited
As we approach Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday, Hanukkah, Christmas and the general holiday season (no matter what you celebrate), it's time to start thinking about giving –- and giving back. So, here's a list to get you started.
1.) Tweet: After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, stop buying stuff for a second and take part in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 3. It's as simple as sending a tweet supporting your favorite cause.
2.) Make something: Grandpa built a storage cube with my son this past weekend. They had a great time pounding nails and getting organized. Why not make holiday gifts using a special skill (baking, painting, sewing, carpentry, graphic design, cleaning for someone else, babysitting, etc.).
3.) Spend time together: Build a gingerbread house or make popcorn balls; visit Hershey Candy Lane, attend a local play or pageant; take a family walk; go sledding; rake leaves. Go caroling at your local nursing home. Just be together!
4.) Be the hostess with the most-est: Invite someone over for a meal, especially on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many individuals, couples or families don't travel home for the holidays and may be looking for a place to go for food, fun and fellowship. Order takeout to avoid stress. Guess what? I switched to INSTANT mashed potatoes and no one noticed.