The holiday season truly is a merry time of year, but it can also be exhausting. A full social calendar, fighting the crowds, or realizing all you have is masking tape, and the big day is tomorrow morning can all make those stress levels rise. This year, challenge yourself to slow down, and find ways to connect to the importance of the season.
The holidays aren’t about how many presents are underneath the tree, or how much money you spend on someone… they are about those moments that make your heart shine just that little bit brighter. It’s about spending time with loved ones, unplugging, catching snowflakes on your tongue, making your counters look like a Picasso painting made of sprinkles and icing, and spreading love and cheer to those that need it most. Keep reading for 5 ways you can give back this holiday season.
1. Support a family for the holidays.
Seek out a local organization that matches sponsors with families in need over the holiday season. Whether you help fill a family’s fridge, or donate cold-weather clothing, gifting someone the daily necessities we tend to take for granted is an amazing way to give back.
Pro Tip: Some local food banks even allow you to hand deliver your donations, so you can see the direct impact you are having on a family.
2. Make a donation in someone else’s name.
Why not give the gift of giving? How many gifts do people really “need”? If there is a charity near and dear to someone’s heart, make a donation on their behalf.
3. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
Don’t forget to show some love to our furry friends over the holidays too. Check out your local shelters to see where they need support. Maybe you can use your lunch hour to help dog walk, or if you know anyone looking for a new best friend (hello perfect Christmas morning moment!), some places offer more affordable adoption fees for pets around this time of year.
4. Choose a gift that gives back.
There are so many amazing companies out there that are dedicated to giving back to their communities. If you must buy a gift this year, try to be mindful, and choose something that will help make a positive impact on those in need.
5. Host Someone.
While there are a countless number of charities to donate to, and organizations to volunteer at, one of the simplest ways to give back is by simply opening up your home to a friend with no family to go home to - it’s an incredible act of kindness and they will appreciate it more than you know.
What’s your favourite way to give back during the holiday season?