Have you ever taken your kid out to eat, and when the server brings the tab, your son or daughter says, “Can I pay?” Of course, what they really mean is, “Can I pay, with your money?” Well, we wouldn’t encourage you to get too excited about telling your kids to get a job, if they’re too young to understand the meaning of it, but we do appreciate how that particular desire on a child’s part can extend into holiday shopping, when they want their own purse or wallet to be the one opening as they purchase gifts for you, your significant other, their brothers and sisters, however your family works itself out for the season.


Instead of trying to institute a system of “Stay here and don’t look, while your sister shops for you,” nip the whole thing in the bud, and bring your brood to Kids Only Christmas Shopping [sic], a peach of an event idea on the part of the Emmanuel Assembly of God (1575 Washington Ave.) to take place on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a wonderful array of holiday gifts priced at $5 and under, with the able assistance of store helpers to team up with youngsters on a shopping-list-slash-budget for them to follow, in this safe, festive environment. Want another bonus? The angelic helpers will also wrap the gifts your kids buy, so they are a hundred percent prepared for under-the-tree magic.


If you’ve got presents covered and are only lacking a tree, however, you are going to love the Cultivation Works Farm Open House at their farm at 339 North St in Saco, on the same day, Saturday the 2nd, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trees, practically guaranteed to fit your living room if you use your Charlie Brown sixth-sense to find exactly the right one, are $35 apiece. Steep? Read on: With each purchase, you are providing financial assistance for services and opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. If you know someone who works in that support field, ask them. Their clients want nothing more than to feel normal, to be a part of something. So when they are given a job to do, they put such love and faith into it that the feeling is palpable. The reason for the season? They live it every day. At the open house, you can sip on hot chocolate while you make origami decorations for your uncanny conifer, among other family-friendly activities.


Hey, the days of complaining about the crass commercialism of this time of year are over. The time for doing something about it is here.


Kids Only Shopping: https://portlandphoenix.me/listings#/details/3rd-Annual-Kids-Only-Christmas-Shopping-/4128503/2017-12-02T10


CW Open House: https://www.facebook.com/events/298372100679608/


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