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We say it all the time. You’ve heard it even more. But yet it’s true enough to repeat again: Christmas is all about giving. It shows our love, warms our hearts, and represents the true spirit of the holidays.
But sometimes in the height of the season, when there are gifts to wrap, cookies to bake, and what seems like more social events than Paris Hilton has lined up for a Saturday night, it’s hard to keep that generosity in mind.
Fortunately, there are ways to give or simply make someone’s day without adding more stress to your already crazy calendar. Here are some quick ideas for random acts of Christmas kindness that won’t take too much time or blow your budget. And the best part? They can all be accomplished while you’re already out shopping or running errands.
Warm their hearts
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When do you know the Christmas season has officially begun? It’s not the Black Friday sales or even all that leftover turkey. It’s when you hear the tinkling of bells from The Salvation Army volunteers, standing guard over their red kettles. Why not stop by with a steaming cup of hot chocolate or other goodies, which you can pick up on your daily coffee run? And don’t forget to donate your loose change too.
Sign your name
Here’s a quick project that can involve the whole family. While writing out your Christmas cards, sign a couple dozen extra. While at the store, have your kids hand them out to shoppers who look like they are in need of some smiles.
Give out greetings
While out shopping, purchase a gift card at your favorite store, then look around and find a worthy recipient. Walk right up to the person, hand them the card, wish them a hearty Merry Christmas, and be on your way.
Fuel them up
Traveling during the holiday season can be a bit crazy and even anxiety-filled as traffic gets busier and busier. Why not make someone’s season by offering to pump and pay for their gas?
Order a pizza
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What? Stick with us here. If you know someone who’s going through a difficult time, financially or emotionally, send them a little comfort food—a pizza. These days, you can go online and order a pizza and have it sent to them without ever picking up the phone. They don’t even have to know who the pizza is from if you don’t want them to. That’s just a small, easy gesture that could make someone’s evening.
Spread the joy
For some extra cheer, print some of the images we’re featuring throughout the season on our Merry Different Christmas blog and include them with your coffee gifts or cards.
Bless your friends
Before going to the grocery, copy or print out one of your favorite easy-to-make dinner recipes. Pick up the ingredients at the store and drop them off, along with the cooking instructions, at a friend’s house who’s had a crazy shopping day. If it’s a meal for the slow cooker, send it over the day before.
No matter how big or small, a random act of kindness can not only make someone’s day but could possibly change a life. So take a few minutes and give. We promise—it will make your holiday season even brighter.