Paying It Forward This Holiday Season

 
 











Like many other people, Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. People may not know this but I am a very sentimental person, and especially around Christmas I cant help but think of my blessings I have had each year, and think of those who deserve to feel that love as well.
 
Each year, I like to do a little something for those in need to boost someone's spirit. Especially in today's dismal world, forwarding a little love is something I think we should all do. Each time around this year, our church has a Christmas tree in the vestibule with paper ornaments each featuring a child in need of something. Every year I can remember, my mom and I take one each and get a child something they need, and a little something extra to make them smile. I have so much fun shopping for them and wrapping their gifts, knowing the joy they will feel when they unwrap a surprise.
 
Christmas cards are a newer tradition that I have recently started since I am older now, and I send my own to friends and co-workers. Another way to send some cheer this year when filling out your Christmas cards is to send one to a recovering American soldier. It is the perfect time to acknowledge their sacrifice and struggle with a card that lets them know a perfect stranger cares (I will put the link at the bottom).
 
Another thing that I have been wanting to do for years and will start this year is to drop off a card and homemade cookies to the local fire station and police department in appreciation for their around the clock protection. In the middle of the night, a cookie might make all the difference.
 
Another great idea? Join forces with local boy scouts or youth groups and visit the children's hospital to sing carols and bring cheer (I did this once when I was in my church youth group and because I'm so sensitive to others feelings, I think I cried through most of it, I'm a huge sap I know).
 
Do you have any traditions to pay it forward during the holiday season to make someone feel special? I'd love to hear your ideas as well, even if it is simply paying for the person behind you at Starbucks, I feel that the holidays are the perfect time to count your blessings and share some love. That is what I love most about Christmas, spending time with my loved ones and seeing cheer all around.
 
xo
 
 
To write to a recovering American soldier:
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Ave.
NW Washington, DC 20307-5001

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