Bee Kind

December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Greetings, knitters and crocheters.

Having just packed up my last hand knitted gift and after standing in line at the post office for almost an hour, I’m feeling pretty smug. I won’t mention that I haven’t started my Christmas cards yet…

Each year I say I’m not going to do handmade Christmas, and while the list of handmade gifts gets smaller each year and is saved for the few special people who will appreciate it, understand how much time went into it and know how to take care of it, it’s nice to get a few handmade presents in there if possible.

The thing I don’t understand about the holidays is they’re not a secret. They come basically the same time every year and every year we run around like chickens with our heads cut off, freaking about what hasn’t gotten finished, who is going to bake those last few batches of cookies, who is going to run out and get the eggnog or the tree… Why do we do this to ourselves each year? You think by now we’d all take it in stride, but the facts are that the holidays season always seems to sneak up on us.

We’ve been toying with an interesting idea lately… Why not give someone a charitable gift rather than another toilet paper roll cozy or another zebra wallet to match the purse you gave them last year? Who says you have to make any of your gifts at all?

This cool website, Heifer International allows you to donate a beehive. You know how we love beehives and all things bee around here. They say…

“From Uganda to El Salvador, bees from Heifer International help struggling families earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen.

Beehives require almost no space and, once established, are inexpensive to maintain.

As bees search for nectar, they pollinate plants. Placed strategically, beehives can as much as double some fruit and vegetable yields. In this way, a beehive can be a boost to a whole village.

Although most Heifer partners keep bees as a supplement to family income, beekeeping can be a family’s livelihood. Your gift can help Heifer provide a family with a package of bees, the box and hive, plus training in beekeeping – and this unique gift will be passed on to another family in need.”

For only $30? Sign me up. There are all sorts of things you can gift on Heifer International, from flocks of chicks, goats, ducks, trees, sheep and geese. There’s other sites out there too that let you donate a fresh water wells, school books and supplies, food, you can sponsor a family or meals. Why not give the people you love something that can make a difference? If you don’t have time to hand knit something, they’ll no doubt appreciate this just as much.

Bee kind this season. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

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