Make The Holiday Season More Meaningful This Year

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“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more?”
Grinch, Dr. Seuss

 

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the business of the holidays and forget that for many, Christmas can be a difficult time. Many people struggle with loneliness, poverty or poor health. Whether you are five or eighty-five, the true joy of the season can by found in reaching out to others and sharing what you have.

December is the perfect time to:

 

  1. Visit someone who is lonely.
  2. Add another charge to the Christmas table and invite someone who would otherwise spend the day alone.
  3. Organize a group of friends or co-workers to collect warm clothing or Ziplock bags of toiletries for our local shelters.
  4. Invite friends or family over for a craft night. Make small decorations, cards or placemats for the Salvation Army Christmas dinner or Meals on Wheels to add to trays.
  5. Buy a gift card to a fast food restaurant to give to someone who is hungry.
  6. Be a secret Santa to an individual or family.
  7. Knit a warm scarf for someone who may be cold.
  8. Collect washable blankets and used towels, paper towels or sturdy pet toys for the SPCA.
  9. Check in with your kids high school counsellor about giving a gift card anonymously to a teen who needs shoes or clothing.
  10. Give a gift certificate for an oil change to a single parent.
  11. Offer to do some Christmas shopping for someone who is housebound.
  12. Organize a baking exchange with friends, but instead of taking the baking home, make up trays to give away.
  13. Include a child or teen whose family is struggling with poor health in your family’s Christmas activities.

By Virginia Brucker who is the author of Gifts From The Heart: Simple Ways to Make Your Family’s Christmas More Meaningful.

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