10. Give a Gift to Someone Who Will Otherwise Go Without
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There are many ways to give a gift at Christmastime. Operation Christmas Child sends shoe boxes full of gifts around the world. Fill one for a child in a third world country. Churches have mitten, hat and scarf trees. Organizations exist to send coats to kids and blankets to the homeless. Take some time this Christmas to think about the needs we are most grateful not to have. Sitting by the fireplace in my cozy reindeer socks is a piece of peace on earth to me. I can give someone that gift: the gift of cozy socks.
The best way to find a reputable place to donate is to ask local churches, schools, and community organizations. They can point you to a list of charities to choose from, and options for giving to those in need this Christmas. If you know someone who just lost their job, make sure those organizations know who they are, so they can connect with them this Christmas. Perhaps we can offer to pay someone’s electric bill this month, so they can afford to pick up some presents for their children. Maybe we notice that our neighbors yard is still covered in fall leaves and we rake and take them to the curb for them.
There are endless ways to find and fill needs this Christmas. Those kind of presents are what Christmas is all about, because it makes way for the recipient and the giver to experience God’s presence. Jesus loves them and will never leave them, or us. Have fun shining light on someone’s Christmas this year.
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Meg encourages others to seek Him first through her life as a stay-at-home mom, career as a freelance writer, teaching Emotimoms Weekly Bible Study, and leading the kids worship teams at her local church. She resides in a small, Northern lake town with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Goldendoodle. Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, http://sunnyand80.org.