This holidays can be very stressful. What with traffic, lines and crowds, and the changing weather, it’s tough not to stress. What we need is a good dose of Christmas cheer. I want to share with you a few ways to spread cheer and show gestures of care during the holiday season.
Write Christmas cards
We used to receive tons of Christmas cards each year but who sends cards anymore? Not many people do these days. When is the last time you sent a hand-written card? The few I do get come from people like the paperboy, my insurance salesman, and my manicurist. Most of my friends and I keep in touch via text message or Facebook.
But a nice holiday tradition and a wonderful way of spreading Christmas cheer is by sending Christmas cards. This is a tradition I’d like my grandchildren to continue. So each year I buy a box (or two) of inexpensive cards at the Dollar Store. Beginning Thanksgiving weekend we start writing Christmas cards. We make a list of aunts, grandparents, and family friends that would value receiving a card in the mail. We decorate the envelope with stickers, maybe add a piece of artwork or the latest school picture, and do a few at a time. I do my cards along with the kids. We always include a card and a letter/ artwork for our servicemen and women. We send our cards and letters to America’s Adopt a Soldier.
So surprise someone with a traditional Christmas card. You never know—it just might be the only card they receive.
Shelters, soup kitchens, nursing care facilities, and food pantries are likely looking for extra hands this season. My daughter and her husband traditionally start the holiday season by serving Thanksgiving Dinner at the homeless shelter. The grandkids decorate paper placemats with drawings and stickers to line serving trays for patients at the local care facility. When we deliver the placemats to the facility we visit with some of the patients before leaving. There are so many wonderful opportunities to volunteer and spread Christmas cheer.
While volunteering can have age limitations giving donations is without age restrictions and everyone can participate (even the youngest child can participate.) Here are a few ideas to get you started. Adopt an Angel from the Angel Tree, donate toys to Toys for Tots, pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, give your spare change to The Salvation Army, or make a donation to your favorite charity. Perform a RAK (Random Act of Kindness.) One of our favorites is making Blessing Bags for the Homeless.
When you bake cookies or make a holiday craft make up a little extra to share. It doesn’t have to be something big. We made extra bags of Magic Reindeer Food and Reindeer Poop for children of friends from school and church. I had plenty of extra holiday bibs from my bib-making this year. We made extra pumpkin bread and banana this year to share with the neighbors.
I find it makes me happy to do these things and not just at Christmas. We don’t need to stop doing little things like this just because the holidays are over. We can spread the Christmas Cheer throughout the year. We can continue to spread cheer and show gestures of care all year long.
What’s your favorite way to spread Christmas cheer?