Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Stars

December is probably my favorite month of the year and a big part of it is because of Christmas, my favorite holiday. While the season is often crammed with parties, events and other festivities, it is important to remember the stars who have guided us through life.

Two of those stars are my parents. They supported me and guided me. They taught me the importance of hard work and to never give up. They showed me unconditional love and what a strong marriage looks like. They also started some of the Christmas traditions I continue today.

Another star is my grandmother. She passed away several years ago, but she taught me the value of an education and that you can never have enough. It is partly thanks to her that I obtained my masters and started my PhD. I think she would be very proud of the role that education plays in my life today.

My husband is another star I am thankful for this holiday season. He has been my biggest supporter and cheerleader. He has sacrificed a ton for the betterment of our family as a whole. Everyday I wakeup thankful that I get to spend it with such an amazing man.

This year, I am excited to remember these stars and many others when I hang this star ornament on my tree. 

This star is from the Macy's Heart of Haiti collection. This collection features a variety of home decor items including quilts, metalwork, jewelry and paintings that are made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable. When you purchase items from this collection, you help Haiti and the artists that live there. It is a way to provide support through "trade not aid"

The people of Haiti are some of the poorest in the Western Hemisphere and this is a way to support people trying to better their lives through employment. At this point the Heart of Haiti program has employed 780 artisans, and helped improve the lives of over 6,200 people including many women and children. It is a great way to give in multiple ways at the same time.

To help get you in the holiday spirit, I have a Macy's Heart of Haiti collection star to give away. To enter, please leave a comment below. A winner will be randomly chosen on December 27. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #CleverHaiti