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Day 68: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…..

T’is the season to be jolly. Ho! Ho! Ho! Its official, it is Christmas at the Way house.

We made the Christmas tree commitment today. My husband and I decided when we had our own family we wanted to create some holiday traditions that would last through out our children’s lives. Some of our best childhood memories were around the holiday season and we wanted out children to have similar happy memories.

For our family, the Christmas Tree officially starts the holiday season and going to choose a Christmas Tree is a very important ritual. Every family has their own tree tradition, a real cut tree, a “fake” real looking tree, and some families even like to go cut down their own tree from a tree farm.

Day 68: Give 68

Our family likes to have a real cut tree but we also like to support our community with our tree purchase. The Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club sells fresh cut trees down on the ocean at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. Proceeds from the sale of each tree go to the Lions Club which in turn goes into our community. The Lions Club has a very clear objective which I think is truly admirable:

To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
To promote principles of good government and good citizenship.
To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
To unite the Clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matter of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by Club Members.
To encourage service-minded men and women to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry,
professions, public works and private endeavors.

Each year they raise $30,000 for local causes within their community. I had a chance to chat with two volunteers, Malcolm and founding member Richard, who have been volunteering for the Club for 35 years. You can meet them both via the video on my site or though the 365give YouTube site. You will hear their stories and why they volunteer their time year after year.

It was very interesting talking with them about volunteering for a “service club” verses a “cause”. Local service clubs do so much for a community that are not always realized. Here are just a few of the causes The Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club has contributed to in our community.

Ambleside Park Children’s PlaygroundWest Van School Board— Special Needs
NS Assoc. Children With Disabilities
Lions Gate Hospital Foundation
NS Special Olympics
High School Scholarships – S.W.A.R./ S.K.I.L.L
Canadian Diabetes Assoc.
Drug & Alcohol Awareness– Lions Quest
Easter Seals House
Alzheimer’s Society
C.H.I.L.D.

We are thrilled to have our beautiful Christmas tree up and glittering in our home. We are even more proud we have supported a service club in our area. What can you do to give back to your community through the purchase of your tree or other holiday events or gifts? If there is opportunity to seize the moment! Send me your Christmas giving story. I would love to be inspired by you!

Time Commitment: o we were going anyway

Cost: Same cost as a regular tree with proceeds going to the ATLC

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