Extending Kindness at Christmas
We will hear Andy William’s sing “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on the radio, in restaurants and malls through the month of December. That is certainly how I feel when I start to see Christmas lights going up and smell pine scented candles everywhere. However, for many, the holidays are a time of painful memories, fear and disappointment. Instead of only creating a list of things you want to receive this year…why not also create a list of things we want to give this holiday season?
Here are some ideas on how we can extend kindness this Christmas.
ADOPT A FAMILY
Now that I have a child, I cannot imagine being unable to afford any Christmas gifts for her or have a nice meal…find a family through a local non-profit organization and give a family in need a holiday they will always remember.
HELP THE HOMELESS
Opportunities abound! You do not have to look far…find somewhere that is passing out food, shelter or clothing and show those less fortunate you care about their situation.
DO HOSPITAL ROUNDS
Can you imagine being in the hospital during the holidays? Call your local hospital and find out the best way to visit patients that do not have loved ones with them. Bring cookies, flowers or a smile to brighten their day.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS
Put political views aside and take a moment to show gratitude to those who forfeit the comforts and security of home to protect our country. These brave men and women have given more than we can imagine to keep us safe.
PLAY SECRET SANTA
sWe all know someone who is in a challenged or less fortunate situation…why not play Secret Santa and anonymously send a grocery store gift card, meal or gift? They will forever be wondering who took the time to show they care.
For other ideas, visit post Extending Kindness at Thanksgiving…my guess is that you will probably experience as much joy as those receiving the kindness.
Happy Holidays to all!