Happy New Year, faithful GIMMGP readers! Laura and I have just returned from a much needed vacation/honeymoon/cross-hemisphere trip, where we explored the beautiful and (thanks to a certain film series) quite nerdy land of New Zealand. After taking some time to recover from jet-lag (and the holidays in general), we are ready for 2013 with fresh ideas and articles to infuse new blood into our happy little blog. In the meantime, here is a post that somehow fell by the wayside as we prepared for our journey to Middle-Earth. Please to be enjoying:
It is that time of year again. For many families, the snow is falling, subtle hints of red and green decorate the streets, and a sense of goodwill and peace envelops the world around them. Other folks may find that climate change is keeping the snow away (or dangerously piling it on), Christmas decorations have been up at department stores since September, and the world is generally irritable from long work hours and the holiday rush to buy all the things. While the holidays can be a time of general frustration and stress, remember there are so many people who spend the month of December not by a warm fire with their families, but in the cold embrace of a hospital bed.
For children who are sick, this situation is especially difficult. No kid wants to spend Christmas recovering in a hospital, deprived of the familiar joys of home. But thanks to the efforts of Child’s Play and its supporters, comfort may be given to these boys and girls. Since 2003, this charity has coordinated the donation of games and toys to over 70 hospitals worldwide. Through a combination of cash donations and Amazon wishlists, Child’s Play allows, “children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.”
So no matter how this season finds you, please take some time to consider those who are less fortunate. Whether it be your time, money, gifts, or even video games, give whatever you can to help those in need.
From both of us at GIMMGP, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday!