Christmas is the season of giving, right? It can, however, also be the season where everything becomes a little too hectic and you lose sight of what’s important. The Brainy One and I have given to charity all year round for all of our married life, but for the last few years we have stepped things up a gear.
Here are five ways to embrace the season of giving:
- Donate money or dry foodstuffs to a food bank. We donate cash to the food bank where my brother-in-law is a trustee and cooker of Christmas lunch for 50+ homeless people, and we donate a basket of groceries at our local supermarket.
- Donate a Christmas gift to a charity local to you or fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child.
- We’re supporting the Metropolitan Police’s Christmas Appeal again this year. I buy a couple of books for a boy the same age as The Boy Child.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter, although this is sometimes not as easy as it might sound. Many charities are overwhelmed to the numbers willing to volunteer over the Christmas period and may request financial assistance instead.
- Donate a pint of blood. Supplies often run low over the Christmas period, so maybe consider donating a pint as a Christmas gift to yourself. I’m donating on Christmas Eve. British readers can find out more here.
- Invite someone you know to Christmas lunch. By this, I mean invite someone you know outside of your family or immediate friendship group. An elderly neighbour, perhaps, or someone who doesn’t have a family to spend the festive season with. Mum and I used to invite someone from her church for Christmas lunch. It turned out he was great company and he subsequently became a good friend.