Difficult times make season for giving all the more important

Monday, December 15, 2008 | 6:00 a.m. CST

Most families have their own holiday customs and traditions. For example, some families visit one set of in-laws for Thanksgiving and the other set for Christmas. Others combine families and spend the holidays together. Some people always put up their Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. I know one woman who always decorates on Dec. 1 , come rain or shine.