It’s here! The holiday season begins and there is nothing you can do about it. Big business has traded your pumpkin spice lattes for peppermint mochas and you are going to have to hang on for the ride. If you must shop, and I must so there is no shame in that, shop for a cause. If you can avoid shopping there are lots of charitable options for you.
Give More When You Spend Less
Sometimes the holiday season has us fooled into believing that spending loads of our hard earned cash on people we love will make those people believe we think they are worth more. This is one fallacy that has us emptying our pockets and making everyone feel a little emptier, too. Things do not equal love and even though we know that, we have a hard time listening to our own advice when society is saturated with propaganda that says just the opposite. Take a stand this Christmas and tell people you are spending less to ensure your family knows that they mean more to you than anything money can buy.
Charity Doesn’t Have to Cost a Thing
When you hear the word charity, do you think of writing a check? Many of us do. In reality, charity doesn’t have to cost a cent. It can be the time you shoveled out your neighbor’s driveway when her husband was ill. It can be the time you made meals for your best friend when she lost her father. It can even be the time you spent an hour reading at the local elementary school. The only thing charity has to cost you, is a little of your time.
If You Must Spend, Spend With Charity in Mind
In the interest of keeping the integrity of this post intact, I will admit that I do love to shop. I won’t pretend that some of the more materialistic traditions of the season aren’t some of my favorites. However, I will say, that when I do shop, I keep charity in mind. I shop local. I buy from craftspeople and artists. I buy from companies that donate their proceeds to charities I support. When you shop, shop for a cause.
Visit Charitable Agencies
Guess who would love to have your time just as much as your money? Most charities! We can usually appease our conscience by sharing a small percentage of our Christmas budget with the local animal shelter or a family in need but what about spending some time on the front lines. Come on, you know that spending time with rescue animals doesn’t feel like charity at all.
Toot Your Own Horn
Scream it from the rooftops. Be proud and share your charitable adventures with your friends. This is one time that bragging will serve us well. Inspire your friends and family to get their charity on when you splash it all over social media how fulfilling your day at the soup kitchen was.
There is really no end of ways to be charitable during the Christmas season. Find one that works best for you and your family and make sure the gifts you give this year don’t all come in a box.