Winter is here, Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas (or Hanukah or Kwanza) is at the forefront of every mind right about now. But why do we celebrate these Holidays? I can’t speak for Hanukah or Kwanza as I am truly not that knowledgeable on either, but I can speak about Christmas. This is a season of giving and family. Whether you are a religious or spiritual person or not, this description pretty much fits the bill. For those a bit more spiritual, it is a time of celebration and reflection. A time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. No, I’m not going to get super religious in this blog, not to worry. I simply want to point out that however you celebrate and for whatever reason, a general basis world wide is that this season is about family, giving, sharing, and love. (Insert the holiday song Peach on Earth… in fact, turn on your Christmas music!)
I would like to generate a Holiday Cheer Challenge. For the rest of the month, I challenge myself and all of you reading this blog, to promote Holiday Cheer each day for the rest of the month. I am a huge fan of making every day a happy day and sharing your happiness with the world. By doing a Random Act of Kindness, being a secret Santa, making a conscious effort to pay it forward daily, I am positive you will find that your heart grows daily and by helping others, you will be filled with a little more peace and happiness in your soul.
Take a moment and think of a few ways you can do this:
- Random Acts of Kindness (these are always fun and usually super easy when you extend the olive branch to help a stranger)
- Become a Secret Santa. This is fun to do in your home with your family or even extended family or ignite the tradition in your workplace.
- Pay it forward. Surprise the car behind you in the drive–thru line by paying for their lunch or cup of coffee.
- Get involved in your community. Commit to volunteering for one or more charitable organizations this month. There are so many opportunities for adult, kids or the whole family together to help organizations or participate in community events this holiday season.
- Be a greeter for a while. This may sound strange, but try standing at your local store this month for about 10 minutes and just hold the door for guests coming in and out. Wish them a happy holiday season and brighten their day. It may sound strange, but how many times has a door been held for you when your arms are full of shopping bags and it really made you grateful for the help?
- Spend more time with your family (near and far). Turn the television off, jump n the car and go look at Christmas lights. Visit a local church to hear a living Christmas Tree. (If you have never heard or seen one, they are breathtaking.) Keep that television off and play a board game. Write a note to a friend or family member each day wishing them a beautiful holiday season and new year. (Sending out holiday cards is always a great time and reason to send a little hug in the mail).
There are countless ways to spread a little happiness and if we all did this for just this month, the world will be a little bit brighter and less stressful for all of us. Who knows, it may become a tradition in your family or a habit you keep all year long. This may sound trivial to some of you, but by taking a moment to stop and think of others daily, you will find a little renewed pep in your step. (The trick is to do these tasks without expecting anything in return, truly share and give of yourself).
I hope everyone one is jumping into the Holliday this year with both feet. In my humble opinion, there is no greater time to get into the habit of sharing and caring for others more than right now. Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed holiday season and as always, have a happy day.