I have some really important news that you’ll probably need to be sitting down for, so it’s a good thing you’re on your phone or computer. You ready? Ok…CHRISTMAS IS IN 15 DAYS!!! Can you believe it? I feel like just yesterday I was in twitter jail for my amount of contributions to #ThingsToLeaveIn2012 ! All of that out of the way, as you’re wrapping up your final purchases for your loved ones this holiday season, or soon to be headed out to start, we at LivingCivil.com want to remind and help you make this holiday season a special one, not just for your family but for some less fortunate as well. We’ve compiled a short list of things you can do in your area to lend a hand and make someone else’s Christmas a little more Civilized.
“Train up a child…”
A great way to get the family involved and instill some core values would be to take your children to pick out a toy for another boy or girl around their age and allow them to play Santa and deliver it on Christmas day. Explain to them the importance of giving for no other reward but the satisfaction of the receiver, and that, mixed with their own excitement at delivering a toy they picked out, will turn into a gift that all of you will cherish for the rest of your lives.
With the drop in temperatures in the winter, sometimes the hardest thing a person can endure is making it through the bitter cold at night. Donate blankets and space heaters to your nearby shelter to be distributed to homeless, or for a less wallet burdensome variation try gloves, scarves, hats, or socks. And if you’re looking for something a little different, look for hand and foot warmer packets. These work like the crush-and-mix ice packets but get warm instead. They’re inexpensive and can be found anywhere from a pharmacy to your local gas station.
Take Care of Home
Often times we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives which causes important relationships to play second fiddle to whatever else is important at the moment. Take this time to start your “Do better about keeping in touch” resolution early. Or better still, allow this to be a sign that maybe it’s time to let go of a grudge and forgive someone who might’ve wronged you. Be the bigger person by allowing yourself the opportunity to realize truly what’s important and what the holidays are about.
And as a final note, take a second to google search “Toys for Tickets [insert your city here].” Both Dallas, Boston and I’m sure other cities, have set aside days where you can donate children’s toys or goods to your city office in exchange for having parking or minor tickets thrown out. This year MEAN it when you say “’Tis the season.” Like we say so frequently, be the change you want to see, and as always Live Civil!