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How Your Holiday Traditions Can Inspire Kindness

One thing that my mom really focused on when we were growing up is that the holidays aren't about giving, they're about receiving. From a very early age I just loved shopping for and making gifts for my loved ones...even more than I liked tearing into my own presents on Christmas morning. As part of our traditions, we not only made it a priority to try to do everything we could to make our family's holiday even more special, but we also paid it forward in other ways. Whether that meant adopting a family and bringing them presents their holiday dinner and a nice Hickory Farms basket, sending cards to our brave military heroes, helping out at our local shelters, the holidays were all about showing kindness to others...And they still are! I do the same thing with my own kids now.

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In fact, each Christmas Eve as we gather around the tree and share what we did to pay it forward. It's become a lovely tradition and a great way to remind the kids how important it is to show compassion during the holidays and all year long. In fact, it's become as much a part of our holidays as Hickory Farms summer sausage. We've been serving that up at each and every holiday celebration for ages and I have no doubt that we'll be doing so for many years to come. And I just love that Hickory Farms makes giving back a priority too.

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They support No Kind Hungry, an initiative that's working to end childhood hunger in America, as well as the U.S. Armed Services, by providing year round complimentary shipping on select products to military addresses all over the world in an effort to ensure that families can send their loved ones warm wishes and a tasty little something that will remind them of home. You can find out more here.

Remember, it takes but a moment to show someone kindness. And you just might inspire them to do the same! How's that for a holiday tradition?

Compensation and products for review were provided by HickoryFarms. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of HickoryFarms. 

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