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6 Ways to Share the Spirit of the Season Now — Starting From Home

Posted on December 21, 2018 by Kirsten Hamling.

It’s Never Too Late To Become A Secret Santa

You probably don’t have to look far to find someone who could benefit from a gift or kind gesture this time of year. Try one (or all) of these ideas 6 inspirational ideas for sharing the season with those closest to home.

1. HOST A COOKIE AND WINE/SPIRIT EXCHANGE 

Invite your neighbors over an impulsive and modern fun exchange.  It’s a great way to reconnect with old friends and welcome new families to the neighborhood. And if you have a neighbor who you’ve been at odds with in the past, consider extending them an invitation, as well. It could be the perfect opportunity to make peace in the new year.

2. HELP A NEIGHBOR IN NEED   

Next time you head out to rake your leaves, take care of an elderly neighbor’s, as well. Or you can drop off dinner for a friend recovering from an illness or survey.  Even a small gesture of kindness can make someone’s holiday extra jolly.

3TREAT YOUR MAIL AND PACKAGE CARRIERS

Extend your kindness from your own front porch during your postal and package carriers’ busiest time of year. Leave a goody and note of gratitude in our mailbox or a basket of water and snacks by your front door. Attach a sign that says: “Thank you for working hard to deliver our holiday packages. Please take a treat to enjoy on your route!”

4. OVERTIP 

Don’t be a Grinch when it comes to tipping at the holidays.  Your waiter, your hairdresser or barber, and other service providers will all appreciate an extra-generous tip this time of year. Everyone could use a little extra cash around the holidays. If you can afford it, share a bit of your abundance with others.

5. THANK THOSE WHO DON’T GET A HOLIDAY 

Santa isn’t the only one working on Christmas. Emergency workers, hospital staff, airline employees, home shelters, and many others will be working over the holidays. Bring breakfast or pass out coffee shop gift cards to people working to make your holiday safe and bright.

6. FILL STOCKINGS FOR THE HOMELESS

Not everyone gets to go home for the holidays. Pick up some inexpensive Christmas stockings from a craft store and fill them with items such as bottled water, granola bars, beef jerky, socks, small toiletries, and warm socks or gloves. Hand them out at a shelter or keep a stash in your car so you can offer one when you encounter someone in need.

SEND JOY TO THE WORLD AND BECOME A SECRET SANTA 

Reach beyond your sphere by sending some holiday magic out into the community.  Surprise a stranger with an anonymous gift that’s sure to make their holiday shine.

One more easy way to support the community this year? Shop local. From locally-owned stores to service providers, please consider spending your holiday dollars here at home. We have an extensive network of local businesses and would love to recommend some of our favorites. Give us a call, and let us know how we can help.

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Sources: Nasdaq, Kansas City Star, One Warm Coat, Huffington Post,

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