From the news reports about Black Friday and Cyber Monday people really got an early start on the shopping. The numbers were up from last year. People are in a buying mood and gift giving mood. That is all part of the holiday spirit.
I was reading an article in my local paper that talked about ways to enjoy happier holidays by spreading that gift giving to help others not so fortunate. It doesn’t mean just buying things for others it also means giving your time, your compassion, and your friendship.
It can also mean giving your unused things that are gathering dust and cluttering up your home to someone who can use them. Many churches and synagogues have coat drives, food drives, and toy drives at this time of year. You’ll feel happier knowing your unused things will make holidays a little brighter for someone else.
Here is a list of many things you can do to make the holidays a little happier for others. Get your family involved and you may find yourself creating some new traditions of giving.
- Write a “Letter from Santa” to a child. Check your post office, local church, or charity to see if they sponsor this kind of program.
- If you have an elderly neighbor you can offer to help them put their decorations up or help clean up their house for the holidays.
- Visit a nursing home with your children. Have your children make ornaments or other small decorations to give the residents. This is a creative way to use up some of those craft supplies. Be sure to call the nursing home first to get permission. This is also a great activity for girl scouts or boy scout troops. I still have fond memories of doing this when I was a girl scout.
There are lots of little things you can do that don’t take any extra time on your part. But they could have a big impact on both the recipient and you.
- Smile at someone. It just might change their mood if they are having a bad day.
- Hold a door open for someone who’s arms are filled with packages, a child, etc.
- Tell a fast food employee or other hard worker that they are doing a good job. They rarely hear this.
- If you see someone struggling to get an item off of a high shelf offer to help if you can. They will appreciate it and you’ll feel good helping.
There are lots of other things you can do to help give the holiday spirit to others. If you have any suggests to help brighten someone’s holiday spirit, please share in the comment section. Thanks.
For it is in giving that we receive. ~ Francis of Assisi
No one has ever become poor by giving. ~ Anne Frank
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ~ Khalil Gibran
To a lighter load along the way.