The holidays are such a busy, and sometimes stressful time for a lot of people. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle and forget what the season is really about. I want to teach The Twincesses to be kind people, and what better time than Christmas to lead by example! If you’re looking to bring a smile to someone’s face, I’ve got 10 ways you can spread cheer this holiday season!
1.When you’re out at the mall and see a Salvation Army volunteer taking donations, grab them a coffee and donate a few dollars! They are doing such a kind thing standing there all day, taking donations for the less fortunate, and that can’t be easy.
2.Take your kids to a toy store and have them pick out a toy to donate to a child in need this Christmas! There are many organizations that accept gifts, and money to help ensure that less fortunate kids still receive gifts for Christmas.
3.Do something kind for a neighbor! You could shovel their walkway, bring them some Christmas baking, invite them over for dinner…etc. It’s a great way to show your neighbor that you care for and appreciate them.
4.Go through your things, and donate gently used clothing and items you no longer use/need to a local women’s, or homeless shelter. We do this at our house several times a year, it’s a great way to de-clutter, while also helping out a local place in need.
5.Be a secret Santa to a co-worker or friend in need of a little extra cheer! The holidays can be really difficult for some people, so leave a nice card with a little trinket on a co-workers desk, or in a friend’s mailbox. You could leave chocolates, a coffee card, flowers, anything as big or little as you want, but don’t let on that it was you, as you don’t want to add any pressure on the person to reciprocate, plus a little mystery makes things extra fun!
6.Pay it forward. When you’re in the drive thru grabbing a coffee or a quick meal, pay for the order of the person in line behind you! I love when it becomes a pay it forward chain and that car ends up paying for the car behind them, and so on!
7.Send a personal holiday card to a friend or family member who lives far away. Even if you don’t typically send out holiday cards, do it! Receiving letter and cards during the holidays is extra special, and a nice reminder to those living long distance that they’re still thought about, and cared for.
8.Do something helpful without being asked. Has there been a project around the house or chore that you’ve been avoiding? Do it! Did you wake up early, while the rest of the family is still asleep? Make everyone breakfast! I love it when Hubby does the dishes or washes my car for me without my asking him to! The simple things are the best!
9.Do something kind for a stranger. This can be anything from complimenting them, holding a door open, helping someone carry their groceries, or giving directions to someone who is lost…etc
10.Help a family member or friend out. Does your grandma need a ride to an appointment? Your friend need help with her Christmas baking or shopping? Help them! Bonus, you get to spend some quality time together while getting stuff done!
I hope this list helps inspire you to spread kindness, remember, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” -Aesop
What have you done lately to spread some cheer? And have you been the recipient of a sweet holiday gesture? Let me know in the comments!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!