By this time, you’ve probably started your Christmas shopping. If you have little ones, you want to give them their heart’s desire, so you started in August. That’s probably not the best idea, because kid’s minds change faster than the speed of Rudolph on Christmas Eve. You think you’ve found the newest interactive toy or Barbie deluxe rainbow styling set complete with detached head and thousands of accessories. And, then they see the latest and greatest toys on TV commercials.
It’s a blessing to be able to give your children happy Christmas memories and lasting traditions. As you know, there are those who don’t have the resources to give their children a special Christmas morning, complete with decorated Christmas trees, lots of gifts, and sparkly decorations. Sadly, there are children who wake up on Christmas morning with no Christmas tree and no gifts to open.
Sharing your blessings with others, especially these families, is the most meaningful, heartfelt way to celebrate the season. The many organizations that make Christmas wishes come true for disadvantaged children need your help.
Giving money is great, but giving of yourself by being directly involved is far more rewarding. Volunteer for your chosen charity; and, if your children are old enough, encourage them to do the same. You can serve Christmas dinner to the disadvantaged, or help out at a food bank. If you own a business, you can provide free services or materials. These are only a few of the ways in which you can help out. If you check Volunteering on Christmas How Stuff Works, you’ll discover countless organizations that need your help.
If you’re still not feeling a giving spirit, think about this. Scientific studies have shown that helping those in need can reduce stress and depression. Charity can generate feelings of gratitude by reminding you of your own blessings.
The Holiday season has many of us thinking about how we can help those in need. It’s good for the soul to get away from the excess and commercialism of the season. The decorations are beautiful, the food is mouthwatering, and the shopping is fun; but giving is at the heart of the season. You’ll not only provide disadvantaged kids and their families with happy memories this Christmas, but change lives in the process. Please share your blessings. It feels good!
“Be the reason someone smiles today.”