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December 10, 2008

It's a Wonderful Life, Even in a Bad Economy

Images2 I'm a sucker for It's a Wonderful Life. Every holiday season, the Frank Capra classic movie chokes me up. The movie's message is that every person is important, and we are all connected in ways we don't even notice. Even the smallest action can have a big impact on another person.

For another Silicon Valley Moms Group topic day, I wrote about how the recession came early to my family.  This year has had some real bumps in it for my husband and I but I know there are families
who have been hit even harder.

Despite the economic downturns of the past year, there are good lessons to be learned. Here are some things we are doing this holiday season to make it one of the best years ever:

  • Worrying less about stuff and more about other people
  • Buying a tiny Christmas tree and giving the money we would have spent on the tree to charity
  • Buying fewer gifts, less expensive gifts
  • Giving the gift of time and attention to those we love, rather than a new DVD
  • My teen is volunteering at an animal shelter, helping out and giving attention to unwanted animals

None of these actions will change the world or cure cancer.  But our family is trying to focus on the small acts of kindness we can do for others. Despite the bad economy, it's still a wonderful life.

This is an original post for Deep South Moms, part of Silicon Valley Moms Group.

When Michelle Lamar isn't watching Frank Capra movies and writing for Silicon Valley Moms, you can find her over at CafeMom or trying to sell her book, The White Trash Mom Handbook.


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