Six months from now you’ll be hauling lots of packages, boxes and bags to the curb and cleaning up from the Christmas morning craziness. You’ll be enjoying all the new goodies loved ones generously gifted you and maybe even enjoying a few minutes of quiet while the kids play with a new toy or video game. Maybe you’re already starting to pack things away for next year (that’s usually me!) or make some mental notes about what you’ll move next year or how you’ll decorate differently. One thing I hope you’re not doing is waiting until the next holiday season to have the feeling of love and giving.
I. Love. Christmas. The whole Christmas season. I do know why; I do know the reason. Yes I’m the person who’s house looks like the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and I love it. We also spend lots of time talking about the reason for the holiday season and how we can help others throughout the year. For a few weeks a year most of the world goes out of their way to help others, show them how much they love the people in their lives and give the gift of their time as well as material things. For this reason, I love the whole holiday season. Once the Black Friday craziness ends, it seems like the love begins. Food drives, Toys for Tots and many collections unique to each community take place and people generously give. My heart just melts thinking about the time with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company. Sure there’s lots of partying, shopping and busy-ness to contend with too but you don’t have to be consumed by that.
The holidays are also a time for teaching some valuable life lessons. Taking your kids to shop for the toys to donate, spend time at an animal shelter or volunteer at a homeless shelter or meal program is a wonderful way to expose them to some things in this world they can help them appreciate their own blessings more. We all love getting gifts, but the gifts of memories and time spent together will be those most cherished through the years. One thing I’ve tried hard to do is create traditions with my kids. We didn’t really have any growing up and it makes me sad not to have that to pass on to my children. I can’t wait for the day my kids are passing ours on to their families.
It doesn’t have to end in six months. We can continue to have the spirit of Christmas and helping others throughout the year and do good all year long. Don’t wait until the holiday season to let those special people in your life know how much you love and appreciate them. Now that you’re over the shock that you’ve only got six months left to get everything done, take a deep breath and remember that it’s all going to be ok. There’s so much more than the gifts and parties.
How are you planning to give back this holiday season? What have you done in year’s past?