It's not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells what kind of a life you have lived.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day Six of the 12 Days of Christmas

This is day 6 and we're halfway to Christmas Eve! I said yesterday that this list was going to be all about service, so here it is:
1. Volunteer as a family to work in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter during the holidays.
2. Adopt a needy family for the holidays and let members of your family buy a present for the person closest to their own age.
3. Call a nursing home and get the names of 5 or 6 people who don't get much mail. Send each one a beautiful Christmas card and sign it from "Santa".
4. Give new friends or neighbors that have just moved to town a subscription to the local newspaper or the paper from their old hometown.
5. Offer to run errands for an elderly friend or relative.
6. Give someone with failing eyesight a large-print edition of a classic book.
7. Help an elderly neighbor decorate their home for the holidays.
8. Give your place at the check-out or gift-wrapping line to someone who looks as if they've had a hard day.
9. Offer to help a disabled person with his or her Christmas shopping.
10. Be others-centered instead of self-centered. A person wrapped up in themselves makes a very small package.
These are just small things that can be done to make someone else's season bright. They don't take a lot of time or money, and can make a real difference to the person receiving the service. Try some out this week and see how good it makes you feel. And give your family the chance to feel good, too! It will make your children better people to help others. See you tomorrow,

Six geese a-laying out on their vacation in the sun.

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