For many people, the holidays are an awesome time. It’s the time for merriment, celebration, joy, happiness and reconnection with loved ones and friends. It’s that time when all seems to be right with the world and there’s little or nothing to be sad or worried about.
However, for some people, this is not the case. For some people, it is a period of doom, sadness, loneliness, desperation and disappointment. So, yes, the most fun time of the year can be the most depressing time depending on which side you’re on. And as life can be unpredictable, it just could be you on the gloomy side someday.
So, start prepping for some good if life ever throws you a curveball. Spread some holiday cheer and help make the holidays great for some other fellow who is going through a rough time by doing one or more of the following:
Prepare Some Food for the Homeless
For the homeless citizens, it’s usually cold and dreary during the holidays. And because there’s less activity, many of them don’t get to eat anything decent. So why don’t you do something about it. Make some delicious meals and serve them where you know people without homes. If you don’t have the manpower to do this –it can require quite a few hands- you could volunteer at a homeless shelter. Maybe prepare some food and donate it there too.
Go Entertain Some Folks at the Nearest Nursing or Old People’s Home
Old folks and senior citizens in old people’s homes tend to particularly suffer from this. Have you ever been to an old people’s home during christmas? It can be pretty sad and dreary.
So, grab a few of your friends, go to these homes and service or entertain them. Make their day. For some of them, it’s the saddest time of the year because there are no relatives. So, change that and go spend some time with them.
Do Something Special for a Random Person
Here’s an idea: do something kind for complete strangers without expecting anything in return. This brings to mind the story about a father who wanted to get a christmas gift for his son. Upon getting to the store with his son, he found that his savings weren’t enough as the price of the item had increased.
When he saw the price, his shoulders fell and his face was downcast. Unknown to him, there was another father in the store who noticed this, walked right up to him, dropped a 20, picked it up and said to the man, “sir, I think this is yours”.
The man looked at him and knew what he did, tears welled up in his eyes with gratitude as he silently mouthed a thank-you to the other man. That single act of kindness changed that father’s christmas. So, do something special for someone. Something as simple as giving a sizable tip or paying $40 with the instruction that the barista should give out cups of coffee to those behind you until the money’s exhausted can put a smile on someone’s face.
Visit the Sick in the Hospital
Spending the holidays in the hospital can be pretty saddening. So, go spread some cheer in the hospitals, wrap some gifts, take some carolers and go make the sick happy. This alone, can add some joy and happiness to their lives. Some other things you could do to spread the cheer include helping an elderly neighbor by grocery shopping for them or shoveling the snow out of their driveway and giving out old, but presentable winter clothing to the homeless to help ward off the cold.
These may not be grand gestures, but they are pretty thoughtful and will be appreciated by the recipients.