This is my most favorite time of the year! I have a warm heart for giving back to others and to those who are in need. It literally makes my heart so happy when I bless others because then that individual may even “pay it forward” to another person as well. It just keeps on going! With that being said, I figured that I would give y’all some ideas about different ways to give back this Christmas and I challenge everyone to do a few this month!
1. Participate in “The Giving Tree”
This is my most favorite thing to do every year! I always look forward to when my Church has a few Christmas trees in the back of the church that has tags on the branches, instead of ornaments. Each tag has the age of the child, gender, and what they would like for Christmas. You pick up a few tags from the tree and go shopping for the children/adults. I normally choose one boy and a girl who are around one to five years old because it makes this experience even more special. If you choose to buy for a child, they usually want either clothes or toys, and the adults usually just want a gift card!
After you have gone shopping for your people on The Giving Tree (some people call it Angel Tree or Share Your Blessings), it’s time to wrap their gifts and put the tag from The Giving Tree on top of the perfectly wrapped gift! Usually, there is a time frame for when you need to bring back the gifts and place them underneath The Giving Tree. This way, the families will get their gifts in time for Christmas!
This is such a sweet thing to participate in during this time of year and I love every bit of it! Also, everyone that is on the tree is people who are in need and I’m so thankful that my Church is giving back to fifteen families this year. That is a lot of tags on the tree! I feel so blessed to be participating in “Share Your Blessings” once again this year and it is honestly my Christmas tradition that I do for myself every year. I always put so much thought into what I will be giving the two little children I picked out on the tree. That shows how much I love doing this and it makes my heart so happy because I know I’ll be making their Christmas the best.
Here is what I got for a one-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy. Keep this in mind: I don’t normally show people on the Internet about what all I bought for the children on The Giving Tree because it is such a special thing to me. God is truly the only one who knows my heart and I am in no way trying to show off about what I have bought for them. Yes, I do go all out every year when I participate in The Giving Tree. Like I have said before, this is something that I love doing and I jump to every opportunity that I can to give back. This should give you some ideas if your church participates in The Giving Tree as well! Lastly, I want to add that I always pray for the (my) children I have chosen off of The Giving Tree. I still continue to pray for the children I had last year when I participated in this. I pray that God blesses these two children and their families tremendously in 2019 because they deserve it.
2. Donate Coats You Don’t Wear Anymore
I didn’t know this was a thing until now! One Warm Coat is a national organization that makes sure everyone who needs a warm coat in the world has one. There are people out there who don’t own a jacket that will keep them warm this Winter and sometimes they do live out in the cold. My heart breaks for those people. Are you interested in donating? Go to the link I have provided and you will see a map on their web page. Type in your zip code and see if there is a coat drive near you. I checked if there was one near me and there is! If there isn’t a One Warm Coat Drive in your area, don’t worry! You can still donate on their website. One Warm Coat claims, “Every $5 warms 10 people.” Even if you can only afford to give $5, you are still helping so many people that are in need of a warm coat this Winter.
3. The Giving Manger
The Giving Manger is such a cute idea to do with your family, especially with little ones! It is more on the pricey side, but I remember doing this when I was younger with using a brown paper bag, popsicle sticks, some fake hay, and a plastic tiny baby to represent baby Jesus! I would cut off the bottom part of the brown paper bag and that represented the Manger. Then, I would hot glue the popsicle sticks so they would hold the Manger up! That is just a simple way of doing it. The purpose of this activity is that for every day of December leading up to Christmas Day, you do an “Act of Kindness” for someone and it can even be for someone you don’t even know! As you complete each act of kindness, you add one piece of hay to your Manger and it should be filled with hay by Christmas Day. That is when you lay Baby Jesus in the Manger! I love the meaning of this activity because it will teach your child or children the significance of being kind to others.
4. Make Some Goodie Bags and Deliver Them To People You Love
This is something that I help my MawMaw do every year during Christmas time. My family literally goes all out when it comes to baking during this time of year! I help my MawMaw bake her homemade chocolate chip cookies, white chocolate covered pretzels & peanuts, the cookies with a Hershey kiss in the middle, pralines, and so much more! We bake plenty of goodies for Christmas, so MawMaw makes cute goodie bags and sends some of the goodies we have baked to people she truly loves! This is a thoughtful thing you can do if you love baking!
5. Feed People At A Homeless Shelter
This is something I have always wanted to do around this time of year! I have a heart for those who don’t have a home and can’t enjoy Christmas like everyone else. It doesn’t hurt you to take the time to serve someone else food who haven’t had a hot meal in forever. You might even gain a new perspective by doing this! You will definitely be a blessing to others.
If you have gotten this far, thank you so much for reading and sticking with me! I truly appreciate it. Did any of these Five Ways To Give Back This Christmas stick out to you? Which one of them are you thinking about doing? I would love to know, let me know what you are going to do this season of giving in the comments!