Than to receive. And boy, I have to tell you, that's a message my mother, Shirley, made very clear to me and my brother, Lenny when we were growing up. But I saw a comic strip in the paper the other day that made me think about the whole idea of giving, especialy this time of year. Let me see if I can recreate it for you.
In that comic strip, this little kid was making a wish list of the things he wanted for Christmas. The boys' mother reminded him, (like my sweet Shirley always did), that the Christmas season is really about giving. The boy replied, "I know, Mom. That's why I'm making a list of all the things I want people to give me for Christmas!" Cute, but I think junior was missing the point.
There are a number of wonderful charities you can donate gifts or time to this holiday season.
Christmas is about giving and while you're out shopping, buying things for the ones you love, I want you to think about those people you may not know whose Christmas won't be very merry simply because of where they are in life. That's where you can help. There are a number of wonderful charities you can donate gifts or time to this holiday season. Those charities offer help to children, to families, to the homeless or to senior citizens.
You may want to donate food or money to a local food bank. Or how's about donating some time to help serve Christmas dinner at one of those food banks? Is there someone on your list who is always tough to buy for? Well, why not make a donation to a charity they care about in their names? You animal lovers out there, I'll bet your local animal shelter could use a cash donation or maybe some pet food to help care for those homeless pets. And let's not forget the children. The Salvation Army has a wonderful Christmas outreach called Project Angel Tree. They put up a Christmas tree in a local mall, for example, with the names of needy children who want a special toy for Christmas. You "adopt" that child's name from the tree and add them to your Christmas shopping list. And please, when you're out shopping, try to drop a donation in one of the Salvation Army's red kettles this holiday season, they really do help a lot of people. Those are just a few ideas for giving this year, maybe you can come up with some of your own.
What better time of year to show how much you care for others than the Christmas holidays?
The important thing to remember is that there are people in your town who may not be as fortunate as you. And what better time of year to show how much you care for others than the Christmas holidays? Yes, this season is about giving but when you're the one giving, you GET something much more valuable in return. And that is, knowing you've made someone else's Christmas, someone you may not even know and who is in need...you've made their Christmas a little more special this year.
Remember to GIVE this holiday season. Because being able to give, to help someone in need and make them happy? Well, it's a gift for them...and for you!