Christmas time is upon us yet again and oh how I love it! The weather outside is certainly frightful and the fire is extraordinarily delightful. Something that is near and dear to my heart this time of year is the spirit of love and giving. The materialization of this holiday is something that has bothered me since I was a child; each year I try to focus on what I can do to give Christmas away.
This is something I want to instill in the hearts of my children, both during Christmas and the rest of the year as well. I can just imagine us paging through the Compassion catalog choosing a goat or sheep or mosquito net and talking about how happy that gift will make someone else.
It is also important to remember that this is not a joyous time for everyone; for many people Christmas brings pain and sorrow of times gone by and lost loved ones. A simple note of encouragement, Christmas card, or prayer could mean the world to them.
I’ve written a small list of ideas that I utilize for myself to spread the heart of Christmas each year. My encouragement to you is to take one of these ideas or create one of your own and spend some time spreading real Christmas cheer. Also, I’m not sure if you know, but the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
Ideas to Give Christmas Away:
- Write a note of encouragement to someone who is hurting.
- Take the time to get to know a family member better; make them feel special; ask them questions.
- Buy a gift for a child who may not receive one.
- Teach your children what it means to give by helping them pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
- Go out of your way and your comfort zone to do something kind for someone.
- Bring a heart of service and giving to your family gathering.
- Support a missionary organization or charity (I recommend Compassion International).
- Physically serve at an event in your town or city. The church is an excellent place to find ideas.
- Make something beautiful for someone else.
As a crunchy mama, I have really embraced DIY Christmas gifts. My favorites include canned food, chapstick, hand soap, and aromatherapy inhalers. When my daughter is old enough I will encourage her to share in my love for creating beauty in whatever way she chooses to do so.
I encourage you to choose one of these challenges and commit to doing it in the next week. I am sure you will be so glad that you did! Let’s bring back the heart of Christmas. Tell me in the comments what you do to show love during the Christmas season?