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The Most Treasured Memory of All…Celebrating the Good and Giving Back


December 1, 2014

This post is brought to you by New York Life and BlogHer.

The holidays are finally here and it’s one of my favorite times to enjoy the season, but also remember what these joyous occasions are truly about. When I think about all the holiday celebrations during my childhood, I can’t remember all the details about the gifts I received, or my emotions regarding those presents, but the most treasured memory that stands out to me is how we always made a point to give back to others who are less fortunate than us. And this is my favorite holiday experience of all.
Every Thanksgiving, we donated canned/non-perishable goods to local food pantries through our church and my school, as a way to make sure we helped others have a warm meal during those cold weather months. It may not be much, but it taught me the value of doing for others from an early age and helped instill how important it is to give back. This always reminded me that I had so much to be thankful for, and a tradition we still participate in as much as possible. We have been blessed and we have much to give thanks for…our health, our family, our children, our friends, our jobs, and so much more.
Once Christmas rolled around, Mom and I would venture out to the mall and visit the Angel Tree and we would select an angel to buy gifts for. We would look though each and every angel on the tree and then would pick one that stood out to us…coincidentally, it was usually the ones that asked for a bike or a larger fun item, as well as a coat and clothes to keep them warm. More than anything, this treasured tradition showed me what Christmas was truly all about.
Then when I was out on my own, my friends and I adopted the very same tradition and would get together during our girl’s holiday weekend and shop for our angels. Now with a family of my own, Jeff and I have continued this with our girls and I cannot wait to take them shopping for our recipient this year…I hope this means as much to them one day as it does to me, and demonstrates unconditional generosity. I want to pass this good onto my children and keep this tradition alive and well so that others know how important they are, even to complete strangers.
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  1. Tara Smith says:

    I am thankful for my family- especially my husband and two little girls!!

  2. Andrea says:

    Thankful for my newborn baby boy <3

  3. What a wonderful gift to pass along to your children!

    I am thankful for my amazing husband and the little one who will join our family in March!

  4. Toni :O) says:

    Thankful for my job, family and health and also to be able to secure a loan to fix our home before winter sets in as we found rotting walls to the studs.

  5. Meredith says:

    I'm thankful for Jesus and his gift of my salvation. I'm thankful for my energetic two year old, who blesses me everyday with being her Mother. I'm thankful for my wonderful boss and my job, who goes above and beyond to make sure that I enjoy working for him.

  6. aww this is really sweet! my husband and i participated in a local angel tree and we plan on continuing that tradition with our kids in the future. xo jillian

  7. Mami2jcn says:

    I'm thankful for my husband and kids.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  8. Elena says:

    I am thankful for my family


  9. lil_lady_dz says:

    This year I am so thankful for my sister having a new baby boy, I get to have a new nephew.

    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

  10. kellyr78 says:

    I am thankful for my husband and 2 kids.

  11. Julie Wood says:

    I am thankful for my Dad being here this Holiday season and not being sick anymore!! I am thankful that all of my sisters and brothers will be spending the Holidays with me! And I am so thankful for my new baby niece who was born a few weeks ago-healthy!

  12. Natalie says:

    I am very thankful for my loving and supportive family, and most of all Jesus and all he has provided for me. I am also thankful that I just got a job offer!! yarbr012 at gmail dot com.

  13. jen says:

    Thankful for the healing of my little boy, salvation and many more blessings!

  14. erika says:

    My babies. 🙂


  15. I'm thankful for my amazing family and most amazing gift of all; my three year old son.
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  16. Madeline B says:

    I'm thankful for a job that I adore!
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  17. rachel says:

    My health and the treadmill in our basement 🙂

  18. JC says:

    I am very thankful for good health of all my family and friends.
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  20. Rebecca W. says:

    I'm thankful for my family and a warm, cozy house to live in!

  21. Anna Pry says:

    i'm thankful for all the ways God provided for us this year pryfamily5@gmail.com

  22. latanya t says:

    I'm thankful for my life and my family

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  23. Tina says:

    I just had a baby one month ago. I'm thankful to have him

  24. Kristen says:

    I am very thankful that I am healthy and so is my family.

  25. susan1215 says:

    I am thankful for my husband and 2 kids

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  26. I am very thankful for my family and the love and joy they bring


  28. I am thankful for my family's health and happiness!

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  30. I am thankful I get to se my whole family…we bake and bake and bake!!! I love spending time cooking with the christmas music on and everyone around! truckredford(at)gmail(Dot)com

  31. Erica Best says:

    i am thanks for my boyfriend

  32. I'm so thankful for a happy and healthy family!!
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  33. I'm thankful for my happy healthy family and the roof over our heads!
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  34. I am thankful for all my family.

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  35. Lisa Brown says:

    I am thankful for my husband and being married

  36. Betty C says:

    I am thankful for my family and a stable job to take care of the necessities of life.

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  37. steve weber says:

    I'm thankful that it didn't snow in Wisconsin yet!!!

  38. jenna dillon says:

    I am very grateful for all that I have, especially my family.

  39. Tamara says:

    I'm so happy to have my family together as one, and very thankful for the job my husband found.
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  40. ellie says:

    I'm thankful my recent biopsy for breast cancer came back benign.

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  41. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to make connections with other people who want to make the world a better place.

  42. Francine says:

    Thankful for my family

  43. DeniseL says:

    I am thankful for my health. My parents both died frighteningly young and so far I'm in really good shape.
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  44. Lisa Voyce says:

    I'm thankful for wonderful friends and family.

  45. I'm thankful for my 2 healthy daughters, and the good job my husband has.

  46. slb3334 says:

    I am thankful for my family.

  47. Ceecjjj says:

    I am thankful for God and my family

  48. I am thankful for a paycheck.

  49. I'm thankful for all the smiling faces of my friends and family when they saw what I got them!

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  50. I am thankful for our two grandbabies.

  51. I am very thankful for family. letessha at yahoo dot com

  52. Erica C. says:

    I'm thankful for my health.

  53. ms-texas says:

    i am thankful for my home and my family

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  54. ms-texas says:

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  55. I'm thankful that I'm in good health at age 63 – thank you.

  56. Kia89 says:

    I'm thankful for my family.

  57. megan tilley says:

    I am thankful that I have an amazing family and that we were able to enjoy my daughters first Christmas. I am also thankful for an amazing God.

  58. Holly G. says:

    I'm thankful for a happy family:)

  59. smilekisses says:

    I am thankful my family has good health.

  60. A Martin says:

    I am thankful the holidays are over.

  61. jtwark says:

    I am thankful for my wife



  62. I am thankful for my family.

  63. angie lilly says:

    I am thankful that my house is paid for, free and clear, with no mortgage. I am truly blessed.
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  64. im thankful for my family
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  65. I am thankful for my daughters! 🙂 They are truly awesome and wonderful people! I'm also thankful for life itself 🙂 Things are pretty good right now and I hope they continue to be the same next year 🙂

  66. Lisa Pecora says:

    I am thankful for my health and the health of my friends and family.


  67. I am very thankful for my children, my grandchildren, and my husband-they make my life wonderful!

  68. I am most thankful for my six awesome kids.

  69. toddy says:

    I am Thankful for my family and for a roof over our head and food to eat

  70. I am thankful for my family.

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  71. Denise S. says:

    I'm thankful for my hard working husband and my healthy children.

  72. Tabathia B says:

    Thankful that all my children are healthy

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  73. Linda says:

    I am thankful for my good health and being close to my family

  74. MCantu1019 says:

    Thankful for my three children.
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  75. clc408 says:

    I am thankful for my children.

  76. Cathy Truman says:

    I am thankful for my wonderful husband who learned to walk again after
    having a stroke and be told he would not walk again

  77. kathy pease says:

    I am thankful to have an awesome family who is always there for each other 🙂

  78. Whitney says:

    I am thankful for my fiance

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  79. Candie L says:

    I am thankful for the reason of the Christmas Season. Thank you


  80. I'm thankful for every moment. I'm thankful for God, my family and best friend. I'm thankful for being healthy. I'm thankful for having the basic necessities, such as having a place to live and food. Needless to say, I'm thankful for everything. 🙂


  81. sarah says:

    i am thankful for my husband and kids
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  82. slehan says:

    I am thankful for good friends, good health and a warm house.
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