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.
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.
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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