One of my favorite things about Christmas, is the exchanging of gifts with the ones you love. I look forward to shopping for my friends and family, to surprise them with a gift they wouldn’t buy for themselves. It allows me to show my love and appreciation for them in a special way.
But, what about the people that don’t have anyone to exchange gifts with this Christmas? The idea of waking up on Christmas morning and finding no presents under the tree is so foreign to us, that we sometimes forget about these people, and, in doing so, forget the true meaning of the season.
I’m not saying that we’re terrible people for wanting to give and get gifts—it’s a good thing! However, if we all worked a little harder to give to those outside of our friends and family, who may be less fortunate than us, the world would be a better place.
Here are some easy ways for you to give back this Christmas.
- WITH YOUR FINANCES. If you’re able, I encourage you to make a donation to an organization that’s close to your heart. This year I’m participating in Dressember, so my husband and I made a donation to the campaign to help fight human trafficking. We also purchased a few gifts for Samaritan’s Purse. By shopping their online Christmas catalog, we’re helping to meet basic human needs around the world. While giving to both of those groups has been a wonderful experience, it’s important to note that a financial gift doesn’t always have to be extravagant. Simply dropping some coins in a red bucket can make a difference.
- WITH YOUR TIME. I believe the gift of your time is often more valuable than the gift of money. You can volunteer at a nursing home. You can visit someone in the hospital. You can even offer someone a ride to work that you know takes the bus every day. All of these are easy things to do, but can go a long way to show someone you care.
- WITH YOUR ABILITIES. Do you have a specific talent or gift? Use it to show your love to others this Christmas! If you’re a good cook, make a meal or bake some cookies for a neighbor that’s a single parent or lives alone. If you can knit, make blankets or scarfs for the homeless people you see walking the streets of your city. If you’re good at basketball, offer to play a pick-up game with some kids in the park. I guarantee you’ll be surprised by the smiles you receive for these simple acts of kindness.
Remember, while Christmas is an exciting time of year for many of us, there are people that are hurting. May we all be a little more thankful for what we have and find ways to give back this holiday season. No deed is too small.
What are some ways you’re making a difference this Christmas?