“On the eight day of Christmas my true over gave to me, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.”
Hello hello hello everyone! Tonight, I’d like to focus on the importance of giving instead of getting during the holiday season. Many of us are fortunate to have a roof over our heads, some food in our stomachs and the basic necessities of life.
Maybe doing something for someone doesn’t mean buying them a lifetime supply of food or building them a house, but there are smaller gestures. Some ideas of what these could be will be in my discussion below.
Spending time with your smaller siblings. Most of the time, they may be a nuisance and not necessarily someone you would want to hang out with, but give it a try. Go for a walk, buy them a treat, let them choose a movie or dinner and spend time with them. Simply listening to their stories or life problems may put a smile to his or her face 🙂
Volunteering at your local animal shelter or SPCA. Not only would this help the staff, but it’ll give the animals a chance to get some love. Especially if positions like cleaning out the cages were fulfilled, jobs most people wouldn’t want to do.
Volunteering your time and a bit of money for things like the angel tree program at malls. Generally for this cause, you would choose a name off a tree of children who are less fortunate. On the tag, it’ll say something the child would like for Christmas and then you’d go buy them that item! I think this is a great thing to do if you have a little bit of both extra time and money and would like to make a difference.
Helping out your parents around the house. I know that it’s not allows the most fun, but it sure would be a nice gesture. Although there’s many times when parents aren’t the most like able, they generally do quite a bit for us. I’m aware all parents are different, but still doing something like washing the dishes or setting the table would bring a smile to their face.
Spending time at an old folks home (if allowed) is another possible thing to give your time to. Not all senior citizens have family or family that cares, so they may be pretty much alone this holiday season. So why not spread some Christmas cheer and light up their day a bit? Or on the other hand, what about spending time with your own grandparents???
Participating in community events such as feeding the homeless. Even if you aren’t that great of a cook (like me), there are tasks like scooping soup that doesn’t need a genius.
Volunteering for the donation wrapping events at local malls. If you’re decent at wrapping and efficient, then this would be a great option. Depending on age restrictions of course. Every present you wrap raises more money for a charity that was chosen.
Doing small, but meaningful gestures around the community and your household. Hold the door open for people, help people unload their groceries, offer to walk your neighbor’s dog. Even helping someone elderly or someone who has difficulty putting up Christmas lights.
More and more with things I hear and see, it makes me want to give back more. During school, I helped out at the elementary school by spreading Christmas spirit to grade 1’s and 2’s. this involved playing games and helping them during lunch.
Remember, small things count, but no one’s counting. Don’t do things for attention, do good when no one’s watching.