On the Level: Warm Holiday Wishes to All
It’s the season of giving. We all love to wrap up the latest techie gadget for him or that designer bag for her, but it feels just as good to give generously to a favorite charity. My favorite charities, WakeMed Children’s and Camp Southern Ground, are close to my family’s heart. You can read more about each of these organizations in the “The Spirit of Christmas” feature in this month’s newsletter.
For Christmas this year, Distinctive Remodeling is donating $750 to WakeMed Children’s and $750 to Camp Southern Ground in lieu of sending holiday cards and gifts to our extended family of clients and friends. We hope our donations will help move these organizations forward in their missions to help enhance the lives of children.
If you’re looking to make a “Spirit of Christmas” donation yourself, please consider giving to one of these excellent organizations. Your tax-deductible donations are much needed and appreciated.
From all of us at Distinctive Remodeling, we wish you and yours a happy holiday season and a warm and wonderful New Year.
Here’s to a great 2015,
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The Spirit of Christmas
“Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.” ~ J. C. Penney
J. C. Penney would probably love to attend the Casanave family Christmas. “Festivity and merry making” are in abundance since, as one of nine children, Eddie is part of quite a large family and enjoys holiday gatherings of 35 to 40 family members. But Penney would also appreciate the spirit of Christmas at the Casanave house. This year, each present given as part of the annual gift exchange has to be purchased from a vendor that donates to a charity. Each person bringing a gift for the exchange gets to tell the rest of the family about the charity they are supporting by buying the gift.
Another “spirit of Christmas” story that we recently heard about: one of our clients, Mark S., was bursting with Christmas Spirit…even on Thanksgiving! Mark roasted six turkey breasts and took them to his local soup kitchen to serve for dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. Mark is just one of many. We hear stories all the time from our customers who volunteer, serve, and donate to meaningful, important causes here in the Triangle. To Mark and all those like him: thank you for going over and above in support of our community.
The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care: Five No-Fail Steps to Decorate Your Holiday Mantel
Second only to the Christmas tree, the fireplace is a key centerpiece of every home decorated for Christmas. The fireplace -- with its mantel draped in evergreens and sparkly things -- is where the stockings are hung. It’s where Santa appears. It’s where we gather with cups of coffee on Christmas morning.
Make your fireplace the charming and nostalgic focal point of your living room, kitchen, or bedroom with these five no-fail steps to decorate your holiday mantel. Also, be sure to check out our “Fireplaces (Indoor and Out)” board on Pinterest for more ideas and inspiration.
1. Start with Something Big. Your mantel needs a focal point. An obvious first choice for the holiday season is an oversized wreath, either hung on the wall above the fireplace or placed directly onto the mantel. Other ideas: framed artwork depicting seasonal themes, an oversized mirror, sculpture, or floral arrangement. Read More