The day after Thanksgiving means our giving cards are up.
I'm still not sure if they work.
But we keep trying.
The idea is that throughout the season you find one or two things a week that you can do to be a gift to others. When you've done one, you drop the card into the box, and on Christmas Eve we open the box and remember those moments.
We've been doing this for four years - we've never completed them all, but we keep at it. Right now there is one in the box - it's Tiny's - she's good at kicking this off.
I also do some work for the Spread Sunshine Gang, and while doing so, found this list from Tiny Buddha. I love this list too, and some of the things on it are already on our giving cards because they're everything everybody ever wishes for.