By Sherry Brooks
St. Nicholas, originally a Greek Bishop of the Catholic Church in the third century A.D. was born into wealth and gave his inheritance to the needy. So, our modern St. Nick, a.k.a. Santa Claus is truly related to the religious "reason for the season."
We all need to remember that true Christmas joy is found in acts of kindness and generosity and doesn't have to revolve around glossy, glitzy decorations and shopping.
Instead of exchanging a multitude of presents, family, co-workers or friends can plan to have a "Yankee Swap". Each person brings a wrapped present of a predetermined cost.
A bowl with numbers on slips of paper from one to the amount for each guest is passed so that random numbers can be drawn. Person number one chooses a present and opens it.
Person number two can take that gift or elect to open another gift, and so on. An opened gift can usually only be grabbed three times and the lucky third person gets to keep it. HilarityRead More »from Lean, Green, Serene Christmas