This time of year, I always find myself filled with gratitude for all that I have been blessed with. I find myself surrounded by my loved ones, I am able to have all the delicious holiday treats everyone so lovingly prepares, I have a roof over my head adorned with all the lights and cherished decorations. Then I realize that this is not true for everyone.

For me, the true spirit of the holidays is for giving thanks and sharing. Sharing a plate of those fresh baked holiday cookies, opening your home and sharing your holiday meal, volunteering for a child’s organization, etc. This Thanksgiving, my son invited a co-worker for Thanksgiving dinner. She had recently been left by her boyfriend, and because of work obligations was unable to travel 5 states over to spend with her family. One small note, he invited her before speaking with me, because he understands that the top rule in our home is to always have an open door to anyone who needs a place to call home. Even if it’s just for the day.

 

I wanted to share some ways you can share blessings this holiday season.

Let those you are thankful for know that you are: Whether you are sharing a meal together, watching a movie, speaking with them on the phone: find opportunities to share this with them. Let them know, especially your loved ones, that you are grateful they share your life with you. Being thankful should always be an outward expression, helping you to remember the blessings in your life.

Share your blessings and your faith: One of the best ways I know to share your beliefs and blessings is through your actions. When you display acts of kindness, it becomes infectious. Everyone around you will feel your inner faith and spirit of kindness and giving. Here are few things you could do. 

 Organize a group to volunteer at a local food bank or shelter during the season.
 Organize or volunteer for a toy drive for children. Many local communities have them.
 Volunteer in a senior center. Not all the family close by and spend much time alone.
 Repost faith-related or inspirational stories to inspire others. 
 Leave groceries on someone’s doorstep (who wouldn’t love opening their door to this surprise?)
 Adopt a secret friend at school or a family in need to serve or give gifts anonymously
 Leave a goodie basket for a senior center.
 Leave a kind note
 Remember the “unsung heroes.” Your mail person, garbage man, librarian, your favorite store checker…a lot of times we forget the people who are serving us every day!  
 Remember our veterans. Don’t forget about the veterans and families of veterans that may be alone for the holidays.  A little care package would be a great way to say thank-you for their service.

The holidays are an easy time to become wrapped up in ourselves with all do: buying presents for our loved ones, holiday parties to attend, and all the preparations to be made. Imagine if everyone reading this chose just one item on this list and put it into action. It may not change the world, but many small corners of the world would be changed by kindness. If you can think of any ways to change just one corner of the world, please leave a comment and share your kindness with us. It All Starts with You.

Let’s not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate during this time of year. May you and your family have a very Blessed Holiday Season and Christmas. I wanted to leave you with a Holiday Prayer.

 

Now the Work of Christmas Begins

When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart. And to radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say. Then the work of Christmas begins.

-Howard Thurman

Please take a moment and meet Nancy Mulligan
Website Myeverydaychallenges.com
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