The holiday season has been commercialized so much recently. Little children always made their “lists”. They wait for Santa, Saint Nicholas or whoever the gift giver is in their culture. The day and the tradition may vary, but the idea is the same.
In days of old, when I was young, we also thought about giving to others. The holiday season should be a season of renewal and support for others. The birth of the baby who started all of this was supposed to be heaven’s gift to humankind.
I remember making cards and ornaments in school to give to Mom and Dad. My Mom still had many of these up until she died. Kids – Moms and Dads treasure those things you make, because they are made with innocence and love. The glitter and glue may be clumpy, and the macaroni may be stuck on at funny angles, but that’s what makes them special.
We have a “mitten tree” at our church. We put scarves and mittens on it for those who don’t have things to keep them warm. It’s a good time to think of your local food pantry, women’s shelter, children’s shelter, soup kitchen or other location where people who are having trouble with food or clothing go for help.
It’s also important to remember this feeling throughout the year. The need doesn’t stop because the holidays are over. It just seems to be a little less visible. Keep up with those “random acts of kindness” throughout the year.
I’ll try to tell you periodically what I’ve done or seen. You will probably find those stories under “Random Acts of ‘It’s Not My Job’”. Here’s one:
Your stories appreciated.