While we sip on our hot chocolate or apple cider during our virtual holiday parties this year, take a look at the faces of those who have made it through 2020 with you. The faces of those who have managed all the hurdles, set backs, and unimaginable events, and who are still by your side celebrating. This isn’t the end of the COVID pandemic but it is the start of a new year filled where overcoming, adapting, and making the best of our new “normal” is a triumph and where promise still lies ahead.
For some, the holiday season is dreaded, not because of the season itself but because of the added stress that shopping for presents and decorating the house brings to our, already, hectic lives. Others, on the other hand, will start counting down to the next holiday before they have time to put away this year’s decorations. No matter what type of holiday celebrator you are, we can all agree on one thing. This holiday season is going to look a bit different than those in years past. Our annual holiday parties are becoming virtual and the normal crowd on Christmas Day is probably going to be smaller than usual. While it is very easy to look at the world’s current situation and be upset with how different our holiday traditions might look this year, let’s make a vow to make this holiday season one to remember. Not because of COVID, travel restrictions, or quarantines, but because of the holiday cheer we can all spread this season. A small act of kindness is very impactful, especially after a year like 2020, and it takes almost no time to do. Imagine the cheer that can be spread if everyone took part in doing small acts of kindness throughout the month! The holidays are a time to give, put a smile on someone’s face and see the pure joy that kindness creates. We could all use a little extra kindness in this world, and each of us can take the first step.
Together let’s make this world a little less crazy this holiday season and let’s focus on spreading the holiday cheer! It is time to come together and lift each other up. After all, isn’t that the spirit of the holiday season!
Here are a few simple ways to spread cheer:
- Buy coffee for the person behind you at the drive through
- Throw your spare change in the donation bucket at the grocery store
- Buy a toy and donate it
- Volunteer one weekend at a food bank or shelter
- Send a Holiday card to a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile
- Smile and say hello when you walk past someone
- Leave a nice tip or tip your delivery driver a few extra dollars
- Have food delivered to a friend you know needs a pick me up
- Give your coworker a compliment
- Bake cookies for your neighbor
- Give someone a call to check in on them rather than text them