Remember that on the 25th of each month we will be revealing one of our secrets for the perfect Christmas in 2012. Today we share Secret #3- Giving Time is More Important Than Giving Things!
One of the most over used sayings at the holidays is “It’s better to give than receive”. This is often uttered by those trying to justify a less than expected gift or holiday experience. I wish that we could all try to live this statement more than say it. We have shared many ideas and thought throughout the year about the extreme joy there is in helping others. Many ways to prepare and save to be able to help those in need have been written. With less than 3 months until Christmas it is time to really think about how we can give to others. So often the best gift of all is time and that is what secret #3 is all about.
Lots of us volunteer time and energy in December in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is one of the most volunteer active times of the year. Plan ahead now to spend some precious time helping others. Do it as a family and make a new tradition. Find that special community group or organization to add your energy in the mix or do more with your church. Start looking for ways to help groups get ready for the holidays. Help decorate local buildings, set-up the christmas pageant at church, or maybe stop by the hospital or local nursing home to see what is needed. A great idea I read about was to start visiting a nursing home now. Get to know some residents and really make a bond that will be so much more special to keep at the holidays and after. I imagine so many seniors get excited about the rush of holiday volunteers and visitors only to have a depressing January when they are all gone. Make a difference in someone’s life and be there.
I would guess that, for some, giving your own family the gift of your time would be a fantastic gift. Plan your days to increase your time at home with the family 30 minutes a day until Halloween, then an hour a day until Thanksgiving, and then do fill that extra time with family interaction and fun! Giving the gift of you and your time is really the most luxurious gift of them all.