Slow Christmas

For the past few years my Christmas decorating approach has been laid back and slow. That's in direct opposition to everything the internets tell us. We're told we have to "BUY NOW" "DON"T MISS OUT"..ugh...I hate all that and how it makes me feel and it's simply not required. I didn't buy one single thing on Black Friday or make a single Cyperwhatever purchase and I managed to live a full life without consequence. Instagrammers have been lighting it up since Halloween. I can't even.
I wonder if they grow tired of it by the time December arrives?

We are road tripping again this year for Christmas so I'm keeping the decor very simple. Our boys are old enough that I don't have to Santa up the place too much; but I do want it to feel festive and pretty. There are several yaupon holly trees in our neighborhood bursting with red berries so I helped myself. These will mix in nicely with fresh eucalyptus and a little fresh pine.

Let's join hands and pinky swear not to let the world ruin Christmas. All those perfect pictures we see can absolutely steal our joy. There are so many who lost everything in the Hurricane Harvey flood. My heart goes out to them. Did you know there's a link on my website if you'd like to donate gift cards to flood victims? I'm still collecting and distributing gift cards to families in my hometown if you'd like to join me.

Simple Christmas decorations like paper chains and stars, fresh cut greens, twinkle lights, candles and bowls of ornaments are so pretty...let's not forget that simple can be wonderful and finished pretty quickly. Simple can save the world....like a baby in a manger.

Grassroots fundraising for Hurricane Harvey

Over the last couple of weeks I've had a very generous response to my request for gift cards in small denominations to donate to the flood victims in my small hometown, Vidor, Texas.

This is a very simple grassroots efforts and is an easy way to put a little money into the hands of people that need help immediately. 

The problems small towns face in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are huge. A lack of housing for those displaced by the flood, a shortage of building materials, slow insurance claims processing if they're insured at all (and most aren't).

There is a small amount of financial aid available via the Red Cross and Salvation Army but their systems can't keep up with the need and people who have lost everything are left with what volunteers have brought in for them. 

If you or a group of friends would like to collect gift cards in small denominations to donate, I am delivering them personally for as long as I possibly can and putting them directly into the hands of people that need them.

Gift cards from WalMart, Lowe's, Home Depot and Ace Hardware are a great option. You can easily grab a gift card from the grocery store while you're there. 

If you'd like more information, please email me at becki@curiousdetails.com and I will be happy to coordinate a collection and delivery for you. It's very easy!

Let's help our small Texas towns!