Bit of Happy #67: A Little Holiday Cheer

15 Dec

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
-Mark Twain

I thought this quote was very appropriate for this time of a year – the season of giving. Last week, the company I work for adopted about a dozen or so families from the Adopt-A-Family program. It was an incredibly nice gesture and an easy way for all of us to make a difference.

Bringing cheer to others is the best way to get yourself in the holiday spirit – to me, at least. There’s no better feeling than being able to help others, especially during this time of year. A time that should be happy. A time that, unfortunately… isn’t always so happy. For others going through a difficult time, you can be the one to make the difference in their holiday. And with the help of others, a little can go a long way.

So in addition to adopting a family for the holiday, I have another  5 ways you can bring cheer to others and yourself:

Support the troops with some Christmas spirit. There are tons of organizations out there. From cheering up a soldier who won’t be able to spend Christmas with his or her family to relieving military families of the cost of a Christmas tree this holiday, you can make a difference and put a smile on someone’s face. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Operation Ensuring Christmas focuses on bringing Christmas cheer to the children who were left behind from all of the losses since 9/11.
  • Trees for Troops, an organization that provides Christmas trees to military families all around the globe. There is an incredibly touching news story by NBC, highlighting some of the families who have received trees through this organization.
  • Send Santa To The Troops presents the opportunity to send Christmas cards, letters and care packages to soldiers stationed all over the world.

Donate to a canned food drive. At this time of year, there are canned food drives held all around your community. Even if everyone in the community could spare just one can of food, what a difference it could make! Check schools, companies and various community centers for drives. Another helpful tip, check with your local Food Bank at FeedingAmerica.org for additional guidance.

Donate blood. There is no greater gift than the gift of life. Give blood to those who are less fortunate than you. Those who may be spending Christmas in the hospital or emergency room. Give cheer and feel cheerful, knowing your ability to save lives by taking a little time out of one of your days. Go to RedCross.org for more information on how to donate.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Find a local soup kitchen near you and contact them for ways to donate or help out for a day or evening. Helping those who are less fortunate is an irreplaceable feeling, and a great way to get in the Christmas spirit.

Send Christmas cards to family and friends. To me, at least, nothing is more cheerful than receiving and giving homemade Christmas cards! But with busy schedules, I know better than anyone that there never seems to be enough time. Lucky for us, there are tons of websites that allow you to personalize your Christmas cards and print them at reasonable prices!

  • VistaPrint: 10 cards starting at $3.99
  • 123Print: All Christmas Cards 50% off, plus free shipping.
  • Shutterfly: Save 20% on Christmas Cards.

 

There are many, many ways to give back to your community and the world during the holiday season. Spreading cheer to others certainly isn’t limited to these 5 ways, but it’s certainly a start in getting some good ideas together! I really encourage you to spread some cheer this holiday if you haven’t already. And get your family and friends involved too! There’s no greater feeling or gift than helping others – seeing a smile on another’s face, knowing you put it there.

Happy Holidays, everyone! (And I’m sure this will not be the last time I say this between now and Christmas.)

Christmas Countdown: 10 more days!

Does anyone have any other great ideas or ways to spread holiday cheer to others?

*Note: If you go through websites to do any of these donations, be sure to check that it is a credible one. Unfortunately, that is something we have to be careful of.

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2 Responses to “Bit of Happy #67: A Little Holiday Cheer”

  1. choirul December 16, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    it’s good idea…

    • Stephanie Frances December 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

      Thank you for your comment! Hope you visit again soon!

      Happy Holidays!

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