Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
I love the Christmas holiday season! There is a bit more cheer in the air, to fill the dark nights. Neighbors tend to be a bit more generous and grateful. The thought of Christmas keeps me warm. You might think it’s too soon to reflect on Christmas, but with only 8 weekends left until the Big Day, there isn’t much time if you are planning an event or making your gifts. I happen to be planning an event.
Our Philoptochos is preparing a Christmas Tables Charity Dinner. Philoptochos is the philanthropic ministry of our parish and part of a national charitable organization in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Our Christmas Tables Charity Dinner (we still can’t think of a shorter name to call it) is an opportunity for women to have fun decorating a formal table with their personal china and stemware. It’s a great chance to finally use the china we’ve been saving for special occasions. Does it get a little competitive? I think a little competition is a part of the fun! It’s a night with a lot of fun for a good cause.
This year we are sponsoring a local family experiencing financial distress due to medical bills. Our event committee had to choose from a list of recipients, and we decided that a personal donation would make a bigger impact to a family as compared to a large non-profit organization. Our town is very supportive of our local charities. We are excited about making a difference in someone’s life.
Do you have a favorite charity you donate to during the holidays? Consider your local Philoptochos chapter. They serve the poor all year long and your donation can go a long way. Click here to learn more about the National Philoptochos Society.
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