Do It Yourself - December 2015

'Tis the Season of Giving!

During the holiday season we are constantly reminded of the spirit of giving and the true meaning of the season.  We spend our weekends at the mall or shopping online trying to find the perfect gift for those special people in our lives.  Our inbox becomes cluttered with requests for donations and everywhere you turn there’s a bucket or a kettle waiting for a contribution. 

We are asked and expected to give, as a celebration of the season, but what is the quality of what we are giving?  A gift doesn’t have to be a big box with a bow or money in a card.  There are many different ways to give during the holiday season.  This year, in addition to the traditional ways of giving encourage children, family, and friends to do even more by trying any or all of these other ways to give:

Give Away

Donate 1 used toy for every new toy you receive; donate 1 article of clothing/accessory for every new addition to your wardrobe

Give Thanks

Along with a verbal thank you when opening gifts, be sure to write a thoughtful note of thanks to the gift giver

Give a Call

Reach out to a friend or family member who you haven’t spoken to in a while to catch up

Give Hope

Write and send a letter to a sick child in the hospital or a soldier stationed out of the country letting them know someone is thinking of them and wishing them well

Give of Your Time

Set aside time to do a helpful chore at home or volunteer at a local organization

Give Compliments

Each day, try to compliment at least one person for something great they’ve done to lift their spirits

Give to Yourself

Give yourself a personal goal for the day, week, or month to help you improve either your physical, mental, or financial health

Putting an emphasis on the act of giving is a great lesson for children to be able to understand the spirit of the season and it can help adults focus on more than just a shopping list.  Remember there is more to the holidays than physical and monetary gifts – it’s the act of giving that is the true meaning of the season. Happy Holidays!