Bake Christmas cookies for friends and neighbors.
Everyone loves cookies! A simple and sweet way to make people smile is to offer them a tasty treat. Block out a day in your busy holiday schedule to bake Christmas cookies for friends, family, and neighbors - and ask the kids to help! To make the experience more memorable, invite close friends and family to join in for an all-day baking date.
Carry around a pocketful of spare change.
When the holidays approach, the bells start ringing. Familiar rings include those of the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas campaign. On your way out the door, be sure to fill a pocket full of spare change to contribute to a good cause. You can even take the holiday spirit a step further by signing up to be a volunteer.
Sing Christmas carols.
Nothing says "holiday season" like Christmas carols. Spread some cheer this holiday by playing Christmas carols in your home for family and guests. As Christmas Day approaches, take family and friends caroling to help spread the holiday spirit. Don't know the lyrics to your favorite carols? No worries - find your favorite songs here.
Decorate the house.
Remember the feeling you had as a child when you saw houses lit up with Christmas lights and bright decorations? Share that cheerful feeling with your children and others by decorating the outside of your house with festive lights. While you're at it, learn how to have a "green" Christmas
and keep the electric bill down. Don't forget to brighten the interior of your home with homemade Christmas crafts
you can make as a family.
Donate toys to Toys for Tots.
This holiday season, teach your children the true spirit of giving by asking them to choose one of their new or like-new toys to give to a child in need. The Toys for Tots foundation brings cheer, happiness, and hope to disadvantaged children who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday. Filling a child's heart with happiness is sure to fill yours and your child's, as well.
Volunteer your time and energy.
For a special gift, give a little of yourself. Helping others is a great way to spread cheer and love. Take time out of your busy holiday schedule to volunteer at a nursing home, orphanage, women's shelter, or homeless shelter. Smiles are contagious - and you can spread them around this Christmas.
Give small gifts to those who provide services.
Giving small gifts from the heart to those who provide services to you is a sure way to spread cheer and make others feel good. It also lets them know that you appreciate what they do for you. Show your mail carrier, garbage man, dog walker, house cleaner, children's teachers
, secretaries, and other service providers how much you value them.
Organize a fundraiser or food drive with friends.
Want to make a real difference this holiday season? With a bit of effort and some reliable friends, you can organize a successful fundraiser or food drive. This is a great way to help the underprivileged in your community, and it will surely make you and others feel good.
Smile and wish people "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas."
It may sound simple, but what better way to spread holiday cheer then to show it and say it? While on your way to work, at the grocery store, or out shopping for family and friends this Christmas, be sure to smile and wish others "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas." This can only inspire others to follow your lead and spread the holiday peace and happiness.
Teach your kids the meaning and spirit of Christmas.
As the saying goes, our children are our future. Help them grow up to be generous and thoughtful adults by taking the time to teach them the meaning of Christmas and impart the spirit of giving and goodwill
. This is good practice at any time of the year, but is especially relevant during the holidays. Why not start now?