I always have good intentions with helping others. Unfortunately, sometimes my busy life gets in the way and I “forget” to look past my front door in search of how to help others. I’m sure I am not alone. The Christmas season offers many opportunities to help others or to show kindness. You can use the Christmas season to jump start year around giving. Giving from your kitchen this Christmas season is easier than you may think. It is always very rewarding.
So what are some ways to give to others during this Christmas season? How can you use your kitchen as a teaching tool for your children?
Plan ahead: With the busyness of the Christmas season, you have to be organized! Christmas parties, teacher’s gifts, school schedules and concerts all pile up to equal a busy December. Make it a point to schedule service time. Meaning, take out your pen and put on your calendar: SERVICE DAY. (Okay, take out your phone and put it on your calendar.) Schedule into your week and stick with it.
Decide what to do: Do you want to make cookies for your neighbors? Write a card of appreciation for your children’s teachers? Make a meal for someone who can’t get out much during these cold months? Think about how you want to serve and prepare for it. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant. It is usually the smallest of gestures that are appreciated the most.
Involve your children: Oh, how children love to help. They also like to please. Involve your children in the process of showing kindness. Let them help you bake cookies or pick out the cookie trays. Have them draw pictures to go with the cookies. Let them carry the tray to the neighbors. When you teach children the act of service, they learn that lesson for life.
Open Your Home: Do you have neighbors you don’t know that well? Open your home for a couple of hours and invite your neighbors for an open house. You don’t have to go over the top. A simple tray of cookies, coffee or tea, water and fruit and you have a welcoming home to greet and get to know those around you. To some of those neighbors, it may just be another place to go this Christmas season. To others, it may be the only place they go.
Start thinking about how you can reach out to others this Christmas season. Not only think about it, but purpose to make it happen. Jot down your ideas and put them to action. You will find yourself blessed by blessing others with your kindness and wanting to do more.