hungry hearted

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time to get all warm and fuzzy

It's time to dream up gift ideas, write those cards, and drink your way through uncomfortable reunions and holiday work parties. Thank God it comes only once a year. But in all fairness the holidays are a good reminder to think of others, the world around us, and strive to make small steps in the right direction.

Charlie Brown Christmas


Here are a couple sites I've come across where you can easily help others without spending a dime or leaving your chair. What a wonderful contradiction of being slothful AND outgoing. I'm actually kind of addicted to the Free Rice vocabulary challenge.

Free Rice - For each word you define correctly, 20 grains of rice are donated to help end world hunger.

The Hunger Site, etc. - Each tab on the site has an equally important cause and allows you to prompt a donation to the cause simply by clicking on the site. You can also buy holiday gifts through this site.

I also find a lot of great gift ideas at Ten Thousand Villages, which also practices fair trade.

Holiday Favorites:

Beck - Little Drum Machine Boy

Charlie Brown Christmas - Linus & Lucy

Joni Mitchell - River

James Brown - Funky Christmas

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens