There are certain places I like to visit at Christmas time. Most of them cost little money. All of them offer memories to lat a lifetime. Yu may think a few of these ideas are silly, or are a given at Christmas time, but I know a few people who may benefit from this list. Keep reading to find out if that person may be you…
1. The Neighborhood
First stop, the neighbors! Many neighborhoods work collectively to make their entire street light up like the 4th of July during the holidays. It would be a shame not to take the time and drive around and enjoy the displays. You may even decide to stop and knock on the door and say, “Thanks for your hard work this year!”
2. Store Displays
Remember when kids looked forward to simply admiring the store window displays? Take your children around and let them love the decorations as much as you did when you were little. Decorations are awesome this time of year! Enjoy them while you can!
3. Your Parents
Would it be okay for me to mention how disappointing it is for moms and dads when their children are too busy to visit during the holidays. I know there are many who simply cannot make it home for Christmas, especially if you live a long from home. But if possible, visit during the holidays. If you can’t, call! Let mom and dad know you are thinking about them.
4. Your Grand Parents
Even grandma and grandpa still need hugs and kisses, especially during the holidays. If your entire family does not get together and celebrate, visit your grandparents. If you have been blessed and they are still with you, let them know you love them, still. You may face the day they are not around. Don’t miss your opportunity this year.
5. The Local Shelter
How many people are facing the holidays with no family, no gifts, and no hope? Visit the less fortunate and let them see a person who truly cares. Donate gifts, and your time to a local shelter.
6. A Children’s Hospital
No one likes to be in the hospital and it is worse during Christmas time. Visit a local children’s ward, sing carols, and bring little gifts. The kids will love it, and you will leave with a smile on your face.
7. The Nursing Home
I really do not like to visit a nursing home because many of the elderly have no one who visits them and it can be a depressing, lonely place. But during the holidays, these folks love for your to come and carol. Just walking the hall and singing “Jingle Bells” lift spirits and lets the elderly ones know someone cared enough to drop by and say hi. You do not have to know anyone. Just go and sing. Spread some holiday cheer!
This may not have been what you were expecting in a holiday article, but I hope you have enjoyed thinking about others and what they need this season. Where are going to visit first?
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