We’ve been on a quest this year to instill family traditions that reflect the true meaning of Christmas…a celebration of the birth of our Savior and a reminder of our calling to be a light in this world because of Christ’s gift.
So this year we’re starting a tradition that I hope will continue for many, many years…12 Days of Christmas Giving! Each day (starting December 13), we will strive to do one small act of kindness for someone else (as a family). The majority of this “giving” won’t be monetary, rather it will be giving of our time, our energy, and ourselves (which is often much harder for me than monetary giving).
One of our greatest callings in this life is to be a servant to others just as Christ was during his short time on earth. Yet, I find that serving others is so very difficult for me. Perhaps it’s because I can be extremely selfish and possessive of our “family time” or perhaps it’s because I am just tired and don’t want to muster the energy to serve someone else. So…this little tradition is more for me than for anyone else in our family. I need to be encouraged to serve every time of the year, but I figure this is a good time to start.
I would love it if you would join me in encouraging your family to “give” of ourselves this Christmas. Here are just a few ideas I came up with:
- Deliver gift bread to our neighbors
- Ring bells as a family for the Salvation Army
- Take a meal to someone
- Visit a nursing home
- Deliver Christmas cookies to the local firestation
- Make an end-of-year contribution to a church or charity (and include the children in the giving)
- Make a visit to an elderly person in their home
- Choose a child from the Angel Tree and let the children help pick out a gift