How to Give Back this Holiday Season

My friends are always making fun of my crazy love for Christmas. not in a mean way or anything, but honestly I'm kind of fuelling their fire. I'm a Christmas junkie, as I've mentioned in recent posts, and I really just love the feeling the holiday season brings.

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Ya I love the parties, the decor, and the food that comes with Christmas, but there is also something about this season that reminds me of how lucky I am year round.

I have a crazy amazing support system of friends, a boyfriend, and family in my life, a great job, a roof over my head, food in my fridge, and so many other small things to be grateful for every single day. But this season always reminds me that there are a lot of people out there who aren't in the same situation that I am.

So as hectic as the holidays are, I always try to find some way, big or small, to help a family out, make someone feel special, or give back to the community in some way. 

Here are a few ideas of how you can give back this holiday season:

1. Christmas hampers

Christmas hampers seem so simple, but they are an insanely great way to give back during the holidays. You're helping make an entire families Christmas come to life, and that's something to feel pretty kick ass about. I've been lucky enough to join a couple friends of mine who this year are organizing hampers for THIRTY families this Christmas season. (If you live in the Winnipeg area and want to contribute, reach out to me!)

So, talk to your office, your gym, your group of friends, and then reach out to your local cheer board and get a hamper together. When you do it as a big group, it's completely reasonable and everyone can contribute a bit to make it happen!

2. Donate your time

Sometimes we aren't in the financial situation to donate money or gifts during the holidays, but volunteering your time is just as effective. Go help bake at your local mission, volunteer to wrap gifts at the cheer board, or work a shift for Operation Rednose (If you live in Winnipeg you know what this is).

Volunteers are always needed throughout the holiday season, and your time is extremely valuable to those in need!

3. Reach out and remind someone they are special

For some, the holidays can be an extremely lonely time. I know I've felt years where I didn't think I had anyone, and it was really tough to remember how many great things and people I had in my life.

So whether it's going and visiting an old folks home with some baking and chatting with a few of the tenants, handing out coffee to those living on the streets on a cold afternoon, Christmas carolling, or sliding a "Happy Holidays" card under the door of your apartment neighbours, there are a lot of small ways you can remind someone that they aren't alone, now, or during a time that everyone should feel a little bit of love. 

I know as much as anyone else, the holidays are HECTIC. But there is always a little bit of time to do something, no matter what size, it will always make a difference to someone.

Have any ideas of your own?! Comment below!