I’ll admit it. I’m a Christmas lover just like everyone else…. From Thanksgiving until Christmas, I listen to Christmas music non-stop and do everything I can to feel the warm and fuzzies of the holiday season. I decorate, light candles, donate money and gifts, find fun events to attend, watch Christmas movies, send out cards… you name it, I will find a way to make it happen. But I had a thought the other day (and trust me, I know it is not an original thought)…. Why does the Season of Giving abruptly end on December 26?
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing more beautiful and inspiring than the outpouring of generosity that occurs in this November-December timeframe. And some people already DO support total strangers and those they love year-round. But if we are all honest with ourselves, our desire to DO is usually stronger during this time of year than any other.
Now, here’s the deal… I work at a non-profit and am on the board of another one… so I think what has happened here is that my life has started to revolve around encouraging others to be generous with their time and money. But more importantly, as I work more closely with those we are serving, I am seeing that hardships and sadness do not end on December 26. In fact, they are often more pronounced DURING the holiday season as the rest of us flutter about feeling in love with life.
This post is not here to make anyone feel bad about being happy – or to make anyone feel like the struggles they face each day are miniscule compared to the plight of others. But here is what I would like to do: I would like to challenge each one of us this holiday season to find that person, that charity, that cause that we believe in and want to help and extend that care and concern throughout all of 2013 (and beyond). Find those warm and fuzzy feelings from volunteering, donating or helping this holiday season and then let those feelings evolve into determination to make a difference going forward.
So here it is – today is the start of the new, year-round Season of Giving. What each of us quietly chooses to do does not have to be grand or spectacular. But maybe this year, instead of letting our New Year’s Resolution focus on our physical well-being (diets and the like), we focus on the well-being of our hearts and souls. And if we all stick to taking just one little cause or person under our wing in whatever way we can, I assure you, the end result WILL be grand and spectacular.