Christmas is a time of giving and joy. If you’re looking for ways to spread some Christmas cheer, there are plenty of ways to do it. It’s easy for Christmas spirit to come and go throughout the year. As you may know, it’s not always easy to maintain that sense of holiday spirit when things get busy or life takes its toll on us. That’s why this week (and every day) should be one where we remember the true meaning of Christmas. Here are some ideas to help you keep the spirit alive all year long.
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The basic laws of society are summed up in one core principle: You’re supposed to give more to those in need than you take from them. It’s like the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. You wouldn’t be a caring person if you didn’t treat others the way they would want to be treated. Some of us are fortunate enough to be able to put away extra money for the upcoming holiday season. A couple of weeks before Christmas, you can put some of that money away for yourself so you can enjoy the holiday season without financial worries.
The same principle applies for giving. One thing you can do to keep your Christmas spirit going all year long is to donate as much money as possible to the needy and less fortunate members of your community.
Give Something You Really Want to Someone Else
Most people will tell you that giving to others is a great way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive. What if, for example, you could donate to someone else in need? After all, that’s the purpose behind the season.
If you’d like to help someone else this holiday season, there are plenty of options. This list compiled by HelpGuide.org includes charities that are collecting toys and other gifts for children, food pantries, local humane societies and other causes that help those in need. When you give, it feels great.
Spread Christmas Cheer with Puppies
If you’re a dog lover, you can help spread some holiday cheer this season with a visit to a local animal shelter to visit some pups in need. Many shelters will accept donations on behalf of their animals.
Donate Your Stuff or Time
Let’s face it – everyone has things they no longer need. Take advantage of the opportunity to help someone else out by finding a good cause and donating items or your time. You can donate items you no longer use to a local charity such as Toys for Tots or help at a local food pantry. Or you can find a local shelter or food pantry and volunteer to help. Or perhaps you can spend a day or a week cooking meals or baking cookies for your local food pantry or shelter. If it’s something you can commit to, you’ll be a winner in the spirit department.
Get Involved in a Service Organization
There are plenty of service organizations out there dedicated to helping others. For instance, if you’re looking for a charitable organization in the Twin Cities, there are plenty that do good work.
1. Give The Gift Of Joy
The best part of giving gifts is the joy that it brings. The easiest way to find joy in giving is to give to someone who will experience joy as a result. Sometimes giving can be a great way to connect with others that we may not normally get to interact with. Also, giving can create a bond between you and the person that you’re giving to. When you give to someone, there is a special feeling that comes with it. This joy can help you connect with your loved ones during the holiday season.
In addition, you can also give to charities that benefit people in need. There are so many people who don’t have many opportunities to enjoy the holiday season. Giving to people who need it and who are less fortunate can help you feel great inside and out.
Christmas Spirit and Mental Health
According to Psychology Today, Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year. Despite our own good intentions, we don’t always manage to keep our stress in check. Whether it’s working for months on end, getting through family get-togethers with our families, or all the other craziness of the season, stress can really take a toll on us.
If you’ve been feeling down or overwhelmed during this time of year, here are a few things to consider to keep your mental health in check.
Focus on what you can control. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time to breathe, meditate, and do some healthy self-care. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, focus on what you can change. You may even consider hiring a personal trainer or a life coach to help you manage the stress of the season.
Choose a Holiday Charity to Support
Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, and you feel the spirit of giving after some weeks of dieting. You may not have a lot of extra money to give, but you can still choose a charity. How about you make a personal donation to your local food pantry or shelter, or maybe to a charity for abused children? Find an organization that matters to you, and get involved.
Give to Charity
Maybe you have a big family, and you have all the relatives coming to your house for the holidays. Instead of just having a big dinner or lunch, you can share some of the food with charity. This could be something you do with your kids, or perhaps it could be a tradition for the whole family. It’s a way to give, while giving something to the charity.
Encourage Kindness and Santa Feats
Santa Feats teaches children that Christmas is more than just the gifts under the tree. That’s why they offer the following Santa Feats tips to help keep the spirit of the season going:
Keep giving to others in whatever way you can. For instance, buying someone coffee may seem like a small gesture but it can still bring smiles to their faces, especially if they are on their way to work.
Keep up with your family traditions. For example, doing a midnight Christmas Eve mass or playing your favorite Christmas album.
Listen to classic Christmas songs, like “Away in a Manger,” on repeat. This could bring back wonderful memories of Christmases past.
Host a Christmas potluck dinner with friends, family or coworkers.
Give the gift of your time
We’ve all been in situations where we see someone who could use a helping hand. So many times, we ignore this opportunity because we don’t have the time to help. However, one day, we might need someone to help us, and you might be able to be that person. Doing something for someone else won’t just make your day better, it could make theirs.
Offer to take someone on a date
One of my favorite pastimes is seeing people out on the town having a good time. That’s what makes seeing so many people out in the city all the time interesting and fun. However, it does also make me wonder if we ever get a date. Instead of wondering what your date is doing, you can actually offer to take them on a date.
Spread holiday cheer with a kind gesture
The holiday spirit is about spreading kindness and generosity to all. When you do a good deed for someone, do something nice for another, or share your time with others, it will have an impact. And remember, you can make a difference right now. This season, make it a point to volunteer. Whether it’s at a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, a school, a senior’s home, or another community-based organization, you will make a difference. The effort you put in can be life-changing.
There are people in your life who may not be as fortunate as you. Be sure to take the time to be thankful for what you have. Try giving a small token of your appreciation to those who deserve it. You may be surprised to find that they will appreciate the gesture.
Surprise someone with a spontaneous act of kindness
Last week, my friend Lindsey posted a video on her Facebook page. She left her phone at a coffee shop and had a stranger return it to her. Lindsey told her that she was able to take a nap during the morning and during that time a stranger had found her phone and returned it to her. This video had captured Lindsey’s entire day and changed her entire mood. I was touched by her comment that she didn’t think about the situation for more than 30 seconds after it happened.
If you feel like an act of kindness doesn’t seem like enough to keep the spirit alive, maybe you need to remember the moments that people do those small acts of kindness. Not only do they save you a little money, but they also make people’s day.
Create a Santa Feats list for your family and friends
Have you ever thought about creating a special list that only you know about? Perhaps it’s a group of items that your Santa Feats includes in their Christmas list. Or maybe your Santa Feats could create a list of their own. It would be a fun gift for anyone you feel could benefit from it. It would also help make the shopping a lot easier for you when you get to the big holiday event. What are some other fun ideas you’ve had for giving that someone you care about?
Host a Friendsgiving
If you are looking for a way to connect with others, consider hosting a Friendsgiving gathering. There are plenty of great recipes out there that will help you do this, and this holiday may be a perfect time to try some new recipes.