Tag Archives: Giving

Giving Back For Christmas

19 Dec

holiday-givingI am so over the tradition of buying random “stuff” for the ones we love. I am tripping over enough toys as is. How much do we really need? I am so not into keeping up with the latest gadget, I’ve caught onto the whole what’s new will be old in 5 minutes so why bother. I am never going to be caught standing in line for the latest Apple products, I have a life! That being said, I am changing the meaning of Christmas to be a time for giving back.
Starting this year, my family has decided we are only filling stockings with little, thoughtful trinkets for one another and not buying anymore large gifts. We will each get a Christmas fund (doesn’t have to be a huge amount of money) to distribute to anyone, or any charity we feel is deserving. Aside from mom and dad, my family consists of a 7-year-old and 2-year old so the choices as to who to give to will be interesting.
We can individually choose to give to the local food bank, adopt a family, give gifts (blankets, socks, gloves) to homeless people, bake for the homeless, or simply buy someone a coffee. No small act of kindness goes unnoticed. Plus, both parties involved will get the gift of love this Christmas. So why not join us in paying it forward and being the change we wish to see in the world.
Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving Better Than Christmas

28 Nov

There are numerous reasons why I am making it my goal to create the spirit of Christmas like that of Thanksgiving. Time to change the season of buying too much and make it more about gratitude and love. Thanksgiving reigns supreme over Christmas for all the reasons listed.

  1. No pressure to give gifts: I don’t hate gifts, but I despise all the stress that goes into picking gifts, buying them, and giving them to a loved one in hopes they’ll actually appreciate it. That’s all gone from Thanksgiving.
  2. The meal matters more: the focus is the food, which is wonderful. Nothing better than giving the love of food to your most cherished people.
  3. Easy to add extra people: What if someone extra shows up at Christmas? It’s a big scramble to grab a standby present (if you are even that organized) from the closet. At Thanksgiving, there’s always more than enough food to share.
  4. Rest: Need I say more?
  5. Way Less commercialized: People go crazy to buy the latest/ greatest gift for their family and friends. People will even go into debt over being able to “afford” the gifts. None of that nonsense during Thanksgiving.
  6. Freedom to easily change tradition: You can easily change the traditions of Thanksgiving without a fight. If you have kids, telling them no presents at Christmas is going to bring a river of tears. Heck, forget just kids, telling anyone there are no gifts for Christmas brings resentment.
  7. Starts the anticipation: Christmas is one of the last breaks before the long road of winter. Thanksgiving is just the beginning. The party’s just getting started. It’s like Friday night, instead of the Sunday night.
  8. Added bonus of Black Friday: While we’re talking weekends, Thanksgiving has the added benefit of wonderful sales the next day. Instead of shopping, I use it as an excuse to hang out with friends and family. The day after Christmas is just the end of  the overplayed Christmas music.
  9. Promotes gratitude: Instead of asking people what they want or got for Christmas, you get to ask what people are thankful for. And that, by itself, is a reason to be thankful. My favorite reason why I love Thanksgiving.

For all these valid reasons listed, I am making it my mission to create a Christmas spirit like that of Thanksgiving. I hope you’ll try to do the same :) If you must give this Christmas season, give to those who are in need…the local food bank.

Random Acts of Kindness

13 Jan

Random acts of kindness are not only good for the recipient, good for the soul but random acts of kindness are good for your health. Giving to others is known to help one  feel fulfilled, lessening the effects of depression.When you do something for others, you are also doing something for yourself.

Here are random acts of kindness to try:

  1. Send someone a hand written thank you note.
  2. Make a card and send it to a friend for no reason.
  3. Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger.
  4. Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.
  5. Cut your neighbor’s lawn.
  6. Walk your friend’s dog.
  7. Compliment your waiter/waitress to his/her manager.
  8. Send someone a gift anonymously.
  9. Help someone replace their flat tire.
  10. Let someone go ahead of you at the bank.
  11. Pay for a drink for a person behind you at a café.
  12. Treat a friend to the movies.
  13. Give a tip to someone when they least expect it.
  14. Hold the bus door open for someone rushing to get in.
  15. Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
  16. Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.
  17. Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
  18. Pick up some trash.
  19. Compliment a work colleague for their excellence.
  20. Give another driver your parking spot.
  21. Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
  22. Help an elderly neighbor carry the garbage out.
  23. Tell all your family members how much your appreciate them.
  24. Leave a book on a train/bus.
  25. Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
  26. Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past.
  27. Smile a lot.
  28. Give someone a flower for no reason…other than your loved ones.
  29. Give someone your time.
  30. Give someone a hug.

After trying a few of these suggestions, I know you will have made the world a brighter place, the recipient feel better and yourself feel more joyful. The power of an act of kindness has a ripple effect with endless possibilities.

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