This post is part of the 2019 Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. It was written by Jamie from Mom. Wife. Homeschool Life.
16 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays
Looking for ways to give back during the holidays? I hope that this list inspires you and puts you and your family in the giving spirit!
Today the holidays seem to be more about getting than giving. Gifts, gifts, and more gifts. We’re drowning in consumerism. The true meaning of the season has been overshadowed by expensive toys and gadgets. Our children make extensive wish lists based on the most wanted toys of the season, and honestly… what does that profit us? Nothing.
This year we are going to do more giving and less getting.
There is something so special about receiving a well thought out gift. No… not the $200 watch you’ve been dying to have, but a gift from the heart. Giving back doesn’t have to mean that you’re spending loads of money on someone or something.
Here’s a few ways your family can give back to your community, family, and friends during this holiday season.
16 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays
1. Collect coats for a local shelter.
Gather any old coats you can find in your home for a local homeless shelter or women’s shelter. If you don’t have any extra coats lying around, ask your friends and family if they have any they are willing to donate.
2. Give out compliments.
While it may seem silly, people love to get compliments or even a simple “thank-you”. Make it your goal this year to hand out compliments to your friends, family, neighbors, and even random strangers.
3. Pay it forward.
There are many people who pay it forward throughout the year. If you’ve never done it before, the holidays are a great time to start paying it forward! Pay for someone’s coffee in line at Starbucks, or the order behind you when you’re grabbing a quick lunch.
4. Take gifts and/or balloons to a local children’s hospital.
Children who are in the hospital will enjoy getting gifts and balloons during the holiday season. Last year our church had each Sunday School class sign Christmas cards for the local children’s hospital.
5. Host a Christmas Dinner at your church.
Host a Christmas dinner for those families who may not have anyone to spend the holidays with.
6. Bake cookies.
Get your family together for a baking day! You can bake all sorts of cookies to give out to your neighbors or church members.
This is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays!
7. Give Casseroles.
The holidays are super busy! Everyone is rushing around trying to plan meals and get-togethers. So, why not give a gift of a meal??
Prepare a casserole and give it to your neighbor with baking times and instructions. They can cook it that night or save it in the freezer for later!
Check out this list of freezer meals for some ideas.
8. Stuff some stockings.
You can find stockings for $1 at Wal-mart or dollar stores. Stuff the stockings with a bunch of goodies and hand them out to neighbors.
9. Visit nursing homes.
My grandmother is a nursing home, and everyone there loves visits. You can bring them treats, gifts, or cards, or you can go Christmas caroling at the nursing home.
10. Grab a name off an Angel Tree.
Grab a name off of a giving tree (Angel Tree), and buy them a gift. If you can do more than one child, take a couple names! It’s a great blessing to be a part of giving to children in need. You will make their holidays brighter!
11. Collect food for a food bank/pantry.
Collect food for a local food pantry. Search your own pantry for anything you can give or go to the store and pick up a few items to donate.
12. DIY gifts.
Get crafty, and make some gifts for your friends and family.
Need some ideas? Check these out.
13. Make out Christmas cards.
Sometimes I feel like Christmas cards are a lost art! I don’t receive near as many cards as I used to. But, cards are a nice and thoughtful thing to give to your friends and family.
You can even write out a quick thank you note in a card for your local police station or fire station!
14. Deliver baked goods to your local fire station, police station, or hospital.
Along with a card, deliver some fresh baked cookies or bread to your local fire station, police station, and hospital.
These people work throughout the holidays to care for us! Let them know you appreciate their hard work.
15. Christmas Caroling
I’ve already mentioned a little about Christmas caroling at nursing homes. However, you don’t have to leave it at that. Go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood!
We usually get a group together from our neighborhood, and we go caroling house to house down a few cul-de-sacs.
16. Put together some fruit baskets.
Our church puts together fruit baskets for the elderly, and delivers them to their homes at Christmas time.
If you have any friends or neighbors that are lonely during the holidays, put together a basket of fruit and deliver it personally.
How do you give back during the holidays?
There are so many ways you can give back during the holiday season. I hope this post got your creative juices flowing!
I’d love to know how you plan to give back during the holidays! Leave it in the comments.
AUTHOR BIO: Jamie Jarecki is a wife and a Charlotte Mason inspired homeschooling mother of 5. She blogs at Mom. Wife. Homeschool Life about Charlotte Mason-inspired homeschooling, marriage, and parenting. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.