Being absorbed by the materialistic side of Christmas can be pardoned due to the commercialization of the Christmas holiday. However Christmas classics such as Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually have shown us time after time that Christmas isn’t all about the presents, the lights and the dinner; it’s a time to give back, to spend with loved ones and reflect on the year passed.
It’s also a time to give back to give back to the community, whether it be in gratefulness for the good in your life or to simply spread Christmas cheer. Giving back doesn’t have to involve much effort or money, we’ve put together ‘5 Ways to Give Back During The Holidays’ so you can figure out the best way for you to give back!
5. Volunteer for the Holidays
A fantastic good deed! Something as simple as volunteering at your local soup kitchen or spending time collecting money for a chosen charity is an excellent way to give back to charity. Plus, it doesn’t cost a dime. All you need to donate is your presence and a smile.
4. Spread Christmas Cheer By Anonymous Gift Giving
Whether it be that neighbour you give a friendly wave to, or maybe one you never speak to. Drop an anonymous gift to someone who isn’t expecting it. This is a fantastic way to spread Christmas cheer, and it doesn’t have to cost much. Imagine how happy you’d be if someone just dropped a box of chocolates or a Christmas card on your doorstep. Think of the smile that would bring, doesn’t that feel so heart-warming already?
3. Donate Gifts That Give Back To Charity
Toys. Toys. Toys. They don’t have to be the hottest toy on the market or the most expensive, just simple gifts like dolls, teddy bears, toy soldiers or whatever you think is most suited. There are plenty of local charity shops and specialised children’s charities who are crying out for toys at Christmas.
2. Drop In On Those You Know Are Alone
Truly a good deed. A lonely neighbour, the co-worker who can’t make it home for Christmas, whoever you may know. Christmas shouldn’t be spent being alone, bring warmth into the lives of those who may be feeling a bit lonely. Invite them to Christmas dinner, offer to bring them Christmas shopping, even pop in for a cup of tea and a chat. Your time will mean a lot more than you think.
1. Say Thank You To Those Who Have Been There For You
Giving incredible gifts such as IPhone’s and Laptops is great! But give those who you love something sentimental, something that really says “Thank you”. You can simply fill a jar with pieces of paper with compliments, private jokes and memories on them. Or put together a scrapbook of all the good times you’ve have had together.
Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? The Christmas season doesn’t have to be all worrying about getting gifts bought, the Turkey cooked or finding spare chairs for Christmas dinner. It can be about giving back to the community you’re apart of and your nearest and dearest too. Merry Christmas!