With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on the quickly approaching holiday season. The to-do lists are filling, at least mine is, with baking, shopping, and scheduling time to see my nearest and dearest family and friends.
Over the recent Thanksgiving holiday, I was reminiscing about the holiday seasons that meant the most to me. The ones that became the stories we tell our children and grandchildren. The ones that will be spoken of for generations.
What I came to realize is, with a few exceptions, many of my favorite memories are the ones where my family and I gave to others. The times where we helped someone less fortunate than ourselves.
As a family, we collected food for local food banks, provided gifts through Angel Tree or the Marine’s Toys-For-Tots, or baked cookies for our neighbors and friends. These activities brought joy to others as well as ourselves for being able to help them.
So this year, I hope we all take a few minutes to think about what we can do to give back to others who may not be as fortunate as we are. Whether your act of kindness is big or small, helping others will bring you joy.
Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season.
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