Blogmas continues with a reflection on the true meaning of Christmas and how to spread joy and kindness throughout the holiday season!
As we inch oh so close to Christmas 2019, I want to hit the pause button for a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and how to spread joy this holiday season.
Over the last few weeks, this is something I’ve honestly thought on quite a bit. We’re all so overloaded by the consumerism side of the season and the glitz of it all – that sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important.
What is the true meaning of Christmas?
It’s my belief that Christmas can mean many things to many people. It all depends on how you were raised and how you choose to celebrate.
While I personally am not a very religious person, I still declare Christmastime my favorite time of the year. Why? Because for me, the true spirit of the season is about taking time to slow down and show those around you that you care.
To me, the true meaning of Christmas is supporting someone in need and telling those you love how much they mean to you. It’s being kind to a stranger at the store, letting someone skip ahead of you in a long line and spreading goodwill wherever you can in your neighborhood. It’s setting aside any anger or resentment you’ve been harboring in favor of coming together with the people in your life.
Christmas is finding it in our hearts to be kind and show understanding to everyone around us. And it’s in this spirit of goodwill that I find the real magic of the season truly comes alive.
A Magical and Difficult Time
The other day, I was driving home and got thinking about how polarizing the holiday season can be. Christmas can be the best and most magical time of the year – but it can also be a very difficult time.
The holiday season can be very lonely. It can also be a time where people feel inadequate as they’re unable to give as much as they’d like to or fail to live up to their own expectations. Many people out there are also missing or have recently lost someone, leaving a hole where that person should be in their celebration. There are also those who are unable to get away from their jobs to spend time with loved ones over Christmas or are having to spending the holiday in the hospital.
I’m definitely not trying to be a downer here, but I think it’s important to understand while many love and are excited for the holidays — similarly there are many people dealing with heartache and struggling this season.
In my world, I’m all about finding balance during the holidays. Yes, I do enjoy gift shopping for others and can get swept up in the madness of season in that way. But! I’m also always looking at ways to get in the spirit of the season that aren’t materialistic.
To help you brainstorm ways of sprinkling holiday cheer around, I’ve complied a list for you below on how to spread joy in your community!
How to spread joy this holiday season:
- Smile and say happy holidays to everyone
- Donate a coat to someone in need (Enter your zip code at One Warm Coat to find drop-off locations near you.)
- Help someone you see struggling to buy food at Walmart or your local grocery
- Send holiday greeting cards
- Invite someone who might be lonely to celebrate the holidays with you in some way
- Go caroling
- Volunteer at local homeless shelter (for animals too!), hospital or nursing home
- Bring holiday cookies or treats to school or work
- Send a card to an active member of the military (Visit SupportOurTroops.org for address)
- Pay for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop or drive thru
- Genuinely thank the cashier and retail employees for their help while running holiday errands
- FaceTime or call someone you haven’t touched base with in a while
- Leave a generous tip you can afford to your server
- Prepare a basket of treats for your local police and firemen as a thank you
- Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump
- Offer to babysit for someone
- Return shopping carts to the store for people
- Write positive comments on your Facebook and Instagram feed
- Compliment strangers
- Offer someone your free help
I know it might seem like time is running out when it comes to spreading holiday cheer, but trust me – there’s no expiration date on kindness!
The true meaning of Christmas may be different things to different people, but I think we can all agree the beauty of the holiday season is we see people being a little bit nicer to one another. And trust me, when you see that something you did brought genuine joy to someone — that’s much more valuable than any present tucked beneath a Christmas tree.
Whatever the true meaning of Christmas is to you or how you celebrate, I sincerely hope you have a warm and wonderful holiday!
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