Dear Heloise: Certainly most people like to send out Christmas cards early to wish their friends and family a Merry Christmas, but how about sending them after Christmas?
When a baby is born, most excitement comes afterward and not before he or she is born! Maybe we all should be celebrating Christmas after the 25th; that seems to be when all the excitement sadly ends.
Donna in Ohio
Donna in Ohio: Wonderful sentiment, Donna. A Heloise hug to you!
Dear Heloise: My granddaughters got some baby dolls for Christmas, but the prices of the baby-doll clothes are crazy!
Then I had a thought: What about real baby clothes? They are much cheaper, and are marked down all the time. My grandkids are happy with their baby wardrobes, and I'm happy I don't have to spend so much!
Grandma Mary in Kansas
Dear Heloise: I volunteer at a nonprofit in my hometown. In addition to many services we offer the community, we sell gently used clothing. We use this money to pay our utilities, etc., so it's important funding.
When going through the donated bags, we select only the best — clean, no animal hair, no smoke/offensive smells, no torn, stained or heavily used clothing.
However, we receive all of the above, which we have to haul off. The old electronics we receive (old televisions, VCR players, etc.) we have to pay the town dump to take.
I would ask your readers to think about their donations the next time they clean out their closets. If it's junk, throw it away. If you're truly wanting to help, bring the clothes YOU would want to buy.
Joseph F., via email
Dear Readers: Let’s start off the new year on the right foot: How about creating a job jar? Write down all household chores on slips of paper and put them in a jar. Everyone in the family, even Mom and Dad, grabs a slip once per week and completes that task.
Makes for a fun, and fair, disbursement of the workload!
Dear Heloise: Do you prefer reusable grocery bags? They're convenient and great for the environment, but they can harbor germs! I run mine through the washer every month or so, and hang them to air-dry.
Mike P. in Massachusetts