We love giving (and receiving) a gift as much as the next person but there are simple ways you can give meaning to this special season. This year was especially hard for many people, so make sure you take the time to check in with family and friends. From time with loved ones, giving back, and small favors for friends or family, there are plenty of opportunities to spread holiday cheer.
Cook a meal for someone special.
Whether it's the person in your life who just had a baby, lost someone they love, or you just know they are extra busy this time of year, cook them an easy meal they can pop in the oven to give them the gift of time this holiday season. We love these casserole ideas that can be prepped in advance and kept frozen if needed.
Volunteer any extra time.
Soup kitchens, food drives, and your favorite charities are working double-time to ensure that they make an impact for the families they serve during the holiday season. Consider volunteering your time or sending some extra cash to an organization that means something to you. Not only will this make someone’s holiday season extra special, but it will also make you and your family feel good knowing you've made a difference!
Send photos with your holiday cards!
For the family and friends that you don’t get to see around the holidays try including a few Photo Prints in your holiday cards this season. Photos of your kids, dogs, and the silly moments throughout the year will be sure to bring a smile to the faces of your loved ones.
Adopt a family in need.
For those who want to make an impact on a family that is really struggling this season, think about adopting a family for the holiday season. You can find these families through your church, gym, work, or even your kid's school and give them the holidays they deserve. You can get small gifts for the family, gift cards to the grocery store, and even bring them a holiday meal. This is a fun way to get the whole family involved and let everyone contribute.
Take the extra minute to engage in conversation!
This one may be simple but take a few extra minutes this holiday season to chat, joke, and even laugh with the cashiers, waiters, and anyone in the service industry helping you out this year. The stress of the holiday season can make for some less than cheerful moments but bring a smile to someone’s face even if you just waited in a long line, or the item you are shopping for is sold out.
What will you do to spread cheer this holiday season?