I offer something hopeful....forget the agendas, special interest groups and fear that you have lost count of your current carbon foot print and just help someone.
Volunteer your time, at least one whole day and give toys to poor children, help feed the homeless at a shelter or kitchen, distribute food from a food bank.
Invite your neighbors to share a holiday meal; the neighborhood holiday pot-luck could easily become a tradition - have it early enough or perhaps even after the holidays to minimize the no-shows. Helping others and spending real face to face time with your neighbors can go along way toward making this time of year especially meaningful and significant.
The important thing is to get out of your normal circle of friends; cross the threshold, cross the street and go where you have never gone before!
Merry Christmas! Craig Boehlke Pastor at Our Savior's First Lutheran Church and School