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“No. Thank you for your offer, but we don’t need any more help.”

 

Do you ever wonder why people don’t volunteer to help?

 

My family would tell their friends, “Don’t ask Mom if you can help. She will always find something for you to do.”

 

Think about it. When you are preparing for a holiday or special event, don’t you think the fun is in getting ready? Think about a holiday meal. Think about Christmas preparations. Isn’t it more fun to be involved in the weeks before, than the actual day of the celebration?

 

I like the bustle and laughter of many ages working together. We sign up for committees, and each group has a job description. There is even competition about whether the table setters are more efficient than the cooks. The clean up crew does a great job because they choose that duty.

 

Every guest--young children, men and women, grandparents-- are all expected to help. This gives every person ownership of the celebration. We are widening our family circle as we make memories. Even little children like to have the responsibility of making place cards or setting the table.

 

Each committee has a more experienced member to train future leaders. There are all kinds of duties, from arranging tables and chairs, to peeling potatoes or preparing salads (assigned to those who are less mobile).

 

Try it. Memories will be treasured and family secrets will be made! Ask my family about polka dot potatoes!

 

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