Giving at Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, a lot of people feel like the season has become commercialized.  Some of us feel like there is a pressure to perform, whether it's in how many gifts we give or receive, or how many things we do throughout the season, or how much money we spend.  And then there is the pressure to give!  Don't be selfish at Christmas1  Give of your time.  Give your money to those in need.  

A lot of times we want to balance a perceived sense of greed with an attitude of giving, but how do we start??  

The Action for Kindness page on Facebook has a few practical solutions!  One of them is to use a Kindness Calendar like the one pictured above.  This can be used as a prompt of different acts of kindness you can perform each day of December to instill a sense of giving and philanthropy.

Another suggestion that they have is from a BBC article on creating a Reverse Advent Calendar.  "People put aside a donation each day of advent, so they have a collection of goods ready to drop off in time for Christmas."  People in the Lower Mainland could take the goods to the Food Bank, women's shelters such as Ishtar Transition Society, or a local church that has a donation room.  Be sure to contact the charity of your choice early in the month so that the items you are purchasing are acceptable within their scope of practice.

Do you have other ways that you give back to the community in December?  Share them below!