Enjoying Christmas: Giving to Others

Meals, parties, Christmas cards, decorating, gifts

Whew! Tired yet? It’s two weeks until Christmas and it’s the time when we can really start feeling the pressure to get it all done perfectly. How can we keep our focus on the true spirit of Christmas when the easiest thing would be to just hide in our home til New Years?

Think about others more than ourselves.

Last month we started sponsoring our first child through World Vision. It is such a grounding experience to pray for this little girl. No matter how hard my day might seem, I know she is facing greater challenges. When I got sick, I went to the doctor and got medicine. When I miss my mother, I just pick up the phone and call. When I’m hungry, I just walk to my pantry. She doesn’t have these luxuries. Each month we can begin to impact her nourishment, education, and community for less than the typical restaurant dinner. If you’d like to learn more about the impact a dollar per day can have, learn more at World Vision’s website.

Another great organization looking to make a difference is the Wounded Warrior Project. Thousands of injured service members receive help through this organization but they even find ways to help each other. The mission is “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.” As a proud military wife, I cannot imagine my husband being one of those wounded individuals, but even more to face those challenges without the support of others. You can give financially or with your time at local events.

There are countless other opportunities to give. Bring a meal to a new mom, spend a few minutes over coffee with an elderly neighbor living on her own, or simply sort through your closets for items that can be donated to those in need. Find organizations and opportunities that fit your priorities and schedule at JustGive.org.

How do you keep your focus when the holiday rush seems to get to you?