Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
It’s that time of year again folks: the holiday season is upon us. This is usually the time of the year where people are most motivated to give back to others. Whether it is by paying for the next car’s coffee in the Starbucks drive-thru, or baking a cake and bringing it into the office for your co-workers, ‘tis the season to look out for others and let them know that you care. Patience and kindness will go a long way, and what better time to start than during the holidays.
One of the best ways to give to others is by paying them a simple compliment. Even a smile can go a long way. This is one of the best things that someone can receive from a stranger. The smallest compliments stay with you, and you never know what someone else is going through. A simple conversation or a smile could be what they needed to get through the day.
Another way to spread the kindness is by showing your appreciation to others. Whether that be a “thank you” to your mom for cooking holiday dinner, or putting together a gift basket for a neighbor, another way to help others this holiday season is through random acts of kindness. These are simple acts that can go a long way and can be done at any time, so keep this in mind when making New Year’s resolutions too. This can be anything from helping someone with their groceries at the store, or holding the door for a stranger, to volunteering to help at a soup kitchen. These acts of kindness can be as big or as small as you are able to do, but keep in mind that they’re all about helping others.
Another thing I like to do around Christmas time is to go through my belongings and get rid of stuff that I no longer need. Find the nearest shelter and see if they could use your clothes, blankets, and other materials. In addition, instead of asking for a bunch of useless presents for Christmas, try limiting yourself to a few things and buy a present for a foster child in need or make a donation to Toys for Tots. There are so many organizations that people need more than ever during the holidays, so consider volunteering at the soup kitchen, homeless shelter, food bank, or even singing Christmas carols to patients at a nursing home. This will truly help spread the holiday spirit. As Buddy the Elf said, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
Obviously, I cannot tell you the exact things that you should do to help others this holiday season, but use your best judgement. There are endless acts of kindness that you can do, you just have to make the effort to be dedicated to help others. Remember, Saints live with heart so spread the love during the holidays. Think of others this holiday season and that will truly be the best gift you could ever give or receive.