Don’t Be a Grinch Kindness Matters

welcomechristmasGary Chapman has defined farmacia online viagra generico a Genova kindness as discovering the joy of helping others. Indeed there is so much joy to be had when we help others.

Instead of getting swept away by the hustle and bustle of holiday cheer, may I encourage you to seek to have eyes to see the unseen, arms to embrace, a glowing smile and words to encourage? It’s easy to become so involved in our to-do lists that we fail to see the needs of those around us.  Then, once we see the needs, we must choose to respond accordingly which will usually cost us our time and resources. However, there is great joy to be had and our children learn by our examples.

Several sweet memories I have as a mom are while serving alongside my children. It is so precious to watch a child give to to others, whether it is a smile, hug, food, sleeping bag, etc. For many Thanksgivings, we served the homeless population of Austin through Mission Possible. Because my girls began serving at a young age, I believe it helped them to have the mindset that extending kindness is what we do.  I remember the family we adopted that was going through a serious health crisis and we bought gifts for all the children and surprised them by delivering a Christmas tree and the gifts to their door. These memories have stayed with me and inspired many more adventures bringing joy to needy families in our community.

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May I challenge you this season to look around for opportunities to extend kindness? Actually, you just need to look below as I have compiled a list to make it easy 😉

Other practical ways to bless others during the holiday season.

  • Visit a local retirement center or nursing home. Be sure to call and find out the best time to visit.  A few ideas to bring holiday cheer would be to sing Christmas carols, read a book out loud, or just visit.
  • Offer to decorate the yard or house of an elderly neighbor.
  • Adopt a needy family.
  • Throw a birthday party for Jesus with neighborhood kids.
  • Go Christmas caroling to bring good cheer.
  • Make Christmas candy with friends, and then share with neighbors, teachers, or family.
  • Invite others over on Thanksgiving or Christmas who do not have family close by. Living in a college town with lots of international students has provided many opportunities for my family to host others.
  • Take the time to appreciate one another.  So often during the year we forget to hug and thank people.
  • Make a special treat for others. Bake and deliver pies to special people, (friends, mentors, helpers, neighbors).
  • We buy less presents for each other and buy lots of presents for a family who can’t.
  • We go to the Blue Santa headquarters and wrap presents.
  • We’ve gone through various organizations over the years to adopt a family for Christmas, providing gifts, food etc. Important to involve children in choosing, wrapping and delivering the gifts (we would have them take some things off their own Christmas lists so they understood sacrificial giving).
  • Invite neighborhood children over to make gingerbread houses, read the Christmas story to them while they are there. As your own children get old enough to help, do this as a service to neighbors, allowing them to drop their children off for an afternoon while they get things done.
  • Make a thank you gift for those who serve you throughout the year (housekeeper, mail carrier, trash collector, barista, etc.)

Here are tons of ideas for year round community outreach, Impact.

What can you do this holiday season to show kindness to others?  Share some of the practical ways your family shows kindness to others.