There are a lot of ways that people give during the holidays. We give gifts. We share stories about our beliefs and give faith to our community. Our children receive the joy of wonder in miracles happening around them.
We give our time to make meals for family. We give cookies on trays. I spend hours crafting and hand off personalized presents as stocking stuffers. Relatives throw parties and give cheer. Jolly men give wishes of glad tidings.
We offer hope and encouragement to our friends who are having a hard time this season. We give extra attention to those who have lost a job or a loved on.
During the holidays, we give happy greetings to strangers.
We even give to those less fortunate than us, though we may not know them at all.
I choose a charity to work with each year. It's a holiday tradition of sorts in my family, something we've done for years (even during rough times in the past, when we've had to ask for charity ourselves). It doesn't always require money. Some years, we just give our time to write letters or ladle soup. With these experiences, my mom gave me an appreciation for community. I hope to give those same values to my family.
This season, I'm working with Champions for Kids and mobilizing people to improve the lives of children in many different ways. My personal act of giving will be putting together stockings filled with presents for abused kids who might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays. I'll be posting about the project here, but you can also learn about ways to get involved on the Champions for Kids Twitter and Facebook pages and on the SIMPLE Service Project website. If you're on Twitter, join us for the Champions for Kids Twitter party on December 15th at 9:00 EST.
What is your holiday giving tradition? Do you give gifts? Are there any particular things you're hoping someone will give you this season?
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.