Thinking of Others This Christmas
Every year it seems we all rush around shopping, decorating, baking, in the full swing of the Christmas Season. Do you stop to think how many are unable to do the same this year? If I’m honest, it’s too easy to look past the faces of those in need. Thankfully there is still time for me to have an attitude adjustment.Christmas is all about giving. It is my goal to share that fact with those who can’t. There are angel trees, secret santas, Holiday meals…so many opportunities to give back. And I don’t know about you, but this year it seems there are more than ever. More that are unemployed, more out of unemployment yet out of the work force, more families struggling.
It’s an easy thing to help. Maybe we can’t solve all their problems, but we can surely brighten their day. Each month I try to add to a growing collection of little gifts to give to the homeless or someone I know is in need. It helps spread out the cost, and slip some things into my monthly budget. With dollar stores now everywhere you can get everything from hair care products to socks to warm feet.
Hats and gloves, blanket throws, toothpaste and shave cream…
If you aren’t able to buy a few things, you can always share some cookies you’ve baked, or a hot meal, some fresh fruit. if you are crafty, you can imagine the options, from toys or clothes to hats and wraps.
Nearly every town has a plan in place to provide special dinners for Christmas. Have you ever volunteered to serve at one? I think that might be one of the kindest things we can teach our children, showing them the true spirit of giving.
You can see there are many ways to share the joy of Christmas. It wouldn’t take much for each of us to make a difference. I often think, if we each did one thing, imagine how much there would be. When I have had a need, it seems there is always someone there to help. I’d like others to know that sense of caring and belonging. Will you help?