Normally, on the first day of Winter, December 21st (or, the Winter solstice) here in the Rockford area, we react with...well, we don't really react because it's already cold and usually snowy, and it's felt like winter for weeks already.
Since we've officially entered the "giving season," lots of us are looking for charitable groups and organizations that could really use a helping hand. Given the pandemic and resulting hardships, there's a pretty big list of them asking for help.
Because of this ongoing pandemic, we're doing a lot of things differently this year than we normally do. One of those things is holiday shopping. More people started earlier, and more are shopping online.