Beautiful meals are planned, houses are decorated, and there is just a feeling of love in the air. If you are among those that have someone to share the holidays with, count it all joy. Not everyone is looking forward to it. While you make preparations to enjoy this holiday season, don’t forget to include the less fortunate. We assume that everyone is smiling, laughing, singing, eating, and enjoying the festivities. Unfortunately, some are wondering where their next meal is coming from. They carry out their normal tasks of seeking shelter from the cold and trying to feed their families.
As we shop and revel in everything we have been blessed with, let’s not forget to spread the joy. Let’s teach our children that Christmas is more about giving, than receiving. Home cooked meals and baked sweet treats are always welcomed by others. If possible invite someone new to share your specially prepared meal with. Don’t assume that people are otherwise engaged, or wouldn’t be inclined to accept your invitation. Reach out! Truth is, we never know what pain someone’s smile is hiding.
Love and kindness should be extended to others on a daily basis, but the holidays can seem particularly lonely for those spending them alone. Let’s be Chist-like and love thy neighbor, as Jesus loves us. Calls, visits, or extending an invitation may be just what someone needs during this vulnerable period.
Other’s that will appreciate your generosity are:
- Parents whose children are unable to come home for the holidays
- Someone who recently lost a loved one
- Someone who has lost their job
- The family that has lost their home
- Anyone who has faced an unfortunate situation
It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on others to make them happy. Something heartfelt or homemade can send a loving message. Some simple gift ideas include:
- Home baked cookies, cakes, and pies
- Children’s drawings
- Babysit to allow an overworked mom a night off
- Use your skills to pamper or give a makeover to someone in need
- Make a personalized CD with their favorite music
- Customize a photo album with memorable photos
- Offer your services or time for the task of their choice
Last, but not least, don’t forget the children. The most precious gift you can give this season is to simply share yourself and your talents with a child. Unfortunately, not all children are blessed to have loving parents or grandparents. Whatever their circumstance, invite a child to join you and your family and partake of your family traditions. Allow little ones to help bake and set the table. Allow older children to assist in many different age appropriate areas. Children just want to feel special and be loved.
Let’s keep each other lifted in prayer during this holiday season and always. Tis the season to be extra loving and caring. Give of yourself, from your heart. Enjoy quality time with family, friends, and guests. May you all have a blessed holiday! Jesus is the reason for the season. Until next time……….continued blessings.
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7 ESV)