Make Giving the heart of your Festive Season

The Festive Season is always a time of celebration, family get-togethers, social catch ups and a whirl of activity.  It is so easy to become self-absorbed with our lives and the excitement of spending time with children, grandchildren and friends.

However, there are those who are alone and perhaps forgotten at this time of year. They may be friends who have lost a loved one during the year. The holidays can be a lonely and sad time as they reflect on their loved one and they may need an extra special thought.  They may be people you don’t even know and are not within your normal ‘circle’.

It doesn’t have to even be a physical gift it can be the gift of your TIME.  Being remembered, thought of, is just as important as any gift we can give.

November 13 was World Kindness Day and as December is the season of Goodwill perhaps we should all think about how we can make it special for someone who is not as fortunate as we are.   Giving can be such a rewarding feeling – seeing the joy in others and knowing we have done some little thing to make them feel good.

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1. Gift trees at local shopping centres

Shopping centres or supermarkets now provide the opportunity to give to those who are less fortunate. You can buy a gift for a child, mark for a boy or girl and the age the gift would be suitable for, wrap it and place it under the tree.

2. Hospitals

Spending time over the holidays in hospital can be lonely especially for children.  I remember one year, our social club at work decided to donate a toy instead of doing ‘Secret Santa’ for the staff.  We collected all the toys and made up a gift basket which we delivered to the hospital.  They were so touched that we had done this for them.

3. Nursing homes

Some older people don’t have family or are ‘forgotten’ at this time of year.  Why not visit and have a cuppa with them, or take some home baking or small gifts.  I remember when I had a dance studio many years ago, I would take the children to put on a concert for the old folk at Christmas time.  They loved it and it also taught the children to appreciate the aged and doing something to bring happiness to others.

4. Someone who has lost family or friends during the year

One of the hardest times after losing a loved one is to experience the ‘firsts’.  First birthday without them, first anniversary, first Christmas, first New Year.  Sometimes we forget that if they lost their loved one during the year the will still feel emotional during the Festive season.  Make an effort to spend some time with them or include them in your family if the are alone.  Take them some chocolates or baked goods and share a festive drink with them.

5.  Those who are separated from family

There are many who are alone or separated from their families during the holidays because of divorce, distance or estrangement.  Including these friends in your celebrations or spending time with them will go a little way to filling the void. They will truly appreciate you thinking of them.

It doesn’t take much effort on our part to make such an impact on others.  We can also be a role model for our children and grandchildren.  Leading by example, teaches them the importance of thinking of others and being generous with their thoughts and time.

What will you do to make someone’s festive season special?

 

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48 thoughts on “Make Giving the heart of your Festive Season

  1. Jennifer

    Giving is so important at the holidays and I love how the company that I work for makes it a part of our lives too. Each year at Christmas, we buy presents for needy children. At Thanksgiving, we help the food pantries provide Thanksgiving dinners. And so much more during the year. I think a company that doesn’t have “giving back” as part of their culture is not a company where I want to work.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Jennifer, I agree that companies really should be giving back to those in the community who are in need. What a lovely idea and it would also bring the staff closer I think. Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Exactly Roxanne. I’m guilty of not always feeling this way but each year I look at all I have and think of ways I can give back to those less fortunate. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      My friend and her husband do that Carol. They love animals and are trying to instill in their nieces and nephews the gift of giving to look after animals who have suffered.

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  2. Doreen McGettigan

    The best part of the holidays for me is giving back. I love sending cards and gifts to deployed service members, picking up strangers tolls and grocery bills and donating to my favorite homeless charity.
    Thank you for the reminder of being kind to those who have lost a loved one. Unfortunately I know a few of those this year.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Little things like you have described Doreen mean so much to others don’t they? Yes we lost my FIL this year and last year my brother. I suppose as we get older there are more empty chairs in our lives 🙁

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  3. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    I think that giving back and helping others during the holiday season is the best part of it. It can be a painfully lonely time of year for those who have experienced loss and hardship. What lovely suggestions to make the holiday season brighter.

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  4. Sheryl Kraft

    Wonderful suggestions. The holidays should be a time to remember those less fortunate than us – and there are always people in need of food, clothing, shelter or just plain companionship.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      So pleased you found some ideas Sheryl. It doesn’t take much to remember those less fortunate and it always makes me feel warm inside when I’ve helped others.

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  5. Leanne

    I love how Christmas brings out the best in us and makes us think about others more. These are great ideas Sue and I’m going to try to put at least one of them into practice over December. Loved the quote too and Pinned it!

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  6. Grammy Dee

    The best part of Christmas is giving to others. Loved this post! Thank you for partying with us at #BloggingGrandmothers #LinkParty #4. We’ve shared your post on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It certainly is the best part. I love giving to others and seeing the surprise and joy on their faces – priceless.

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  7. Deborah

    I love the idea of offering our time. Several years ago I was keen to volunteer somewhere on Christmas day. It was to be just my mother and I so I looked into some options. However… I then realised that my dear (72yr old) mum actually runs a church breakfast thing, makes soup for a soup night, does hospital visiting, volunteers at the op shop and more. She already does more than her fair share and I felt bad suggesting we do it on Christmas Day.

    I – on the other hand – need to lift my game!

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  8. Kathy Marris

    I like the idea of the #itsinthebag initiative where you fill up a pre-loved or new handbag with basic essentials for women in need. Then drop it off to a Share the Dignity collection point in your town or city. But I do like to put a pressie under the trees in shopping centres for The Smith Family for needy kids. You have some other lovely ideas here Sue. 🙂 #teamlovinlinky

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Kathy there are so many ways we can give back. Imagine if everyone did just one thing. Christmas is all about the kids so I like to help them at this time of year. Thanks for the opportunity to link up, see you next week.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It is important Lyndall and also you mentioned your kids still enjoy taking part. That is so wonderful – we all need to show the children in our lives that helping others especially at this time of year means more than receiving. Sounds like you have it all covered.

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  9. inthegoodbooksblog

    I’m currently collecting food and toiletries as part of Wesley Mission Victoria’s 2016 Christmas Appeal. This is the second year that I am donating.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh how lovely. It is so encouraging to hear from many others who are certainly giving back at this time of year. Thank you and have a lovely day.

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  10. Sydney Shop Girl

    A great list! I’ve made a start on the charities I usually donate to at Christmas but my big challenge is reaching out to people I know might need some extra TLC and extending the spirit to Christmas to them.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi SSG! Thank you for stopping by and yes it isn’t always charities that can do with a boost at this time of year – people in our inner circle sometimes need some TLC as well. Have a great day!

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  11. [email protected]

    It sure is a good time of year to be conscious of those not as fortunate. I’m doing the #itsinthebag initiative this year – filing a handbag with essential items for a woman in need. I love the idea of buying a toy instead of secret santa and then making a gift basket to present to a hospital. Fabulous! #TeamLovinLife

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  12. Clearissa Coward

    Thank you for the reminder. Christmas is all about giving to others. Especially those that are less fortunate. Also, thank you for sharing with #theblogginggrandmothers. Your article has been stumbled.

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  13. Nabanita Dhar

    I think paying a visit to any home for the elderly is what one must do if nothing else. It breaks my heart when I think about them. We do that during our festivals here. It’s a rewarding experience too.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes that is a lovely idea Nabanita. Older folk are sometimes forgotten when they are in nursing homes and they get such joy out of visits.

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  14. Olivia Morris

    What a lovely post and so timely! Christmas is that one time of year, where many people feel left out. Thank you for bringing that to the forefront. I’m sure that there are many people who are just needing that extra little push to get them out of their own comfort zone and help someone else. Thanks for a lovely reminder of the true importance of caring and loving people through this holiday season.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thank you Olivia for your lovely words of encouragement and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It is so easy to get caught up in our own world at Christmas but we can bring joy to others if we just make the time. Have a wonderful holiday season and thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Lovely post and it does send a message of hope and goodwill to many. We are spending Christmas differently now that we are away from family who are all grown and doing their own family Christmases. However, I filled 2 bags for #itsinthebag for women who are homeless or in shelters. That was awesome. I am also reaching out to share my appreciation for others at this time in different ways – sending cards, making little bookmarks and so on. Thank you for your appreciation over on my blog too! Denyse

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Denyse! Giving makes you feel so good doesn’t it especially if it is someone who is in need. They don’t often get a surprise so I’m sure they appreciate it. Great to connect with you. Have a lovely day!

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  16. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    These are such awesome ideas! In previous years I’ve sent care packages to serving soldiers and this year I got involved with Share the Dignity “It’s in the Bag” campaign, where bags full of toiletries are distributed to women who are homeless or in refuges this Christmas. Caring is sharing and as for kindness, it’s like glitter, and it should be sprinkled everywhere!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’ve had comments from many women who have participated in ‘It’s in the Bag’ such a lovely way to bring joy to someone in need. I’ve never thought of care packages for serving soldiers but I’m sure they would appreciate them. Thanks for stopping by and I love your idea that ‘kindness is like glitter and should be sprinkled everywhere’. Thanks for stopping by and lovely to connect.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Everyone gets so busy at this time of year Paula that it is easy to get caught up in the hype and yet it doesn’t really take much to do something for those less fortunate. Have a lovely holiday season

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