As we move into the holiday season I would like to have a conversation about spending. While typing this I am working on helping my daughter, who is 19 years old, figure out what to get people as gifts for Christmas. My daughter is a college student who is going to Europe next semester to study abroad, this costs money. I was a single mom for 17 years of my daughters life, I know what it’s like to try and figure out what to get someone as a gift for Christmas or for their birthday.
I guess what I am trying to say is that you don’t need to get people anything. I want to challenge you to do things for people this holiday season. And yes, it is the Christmas season but it’s also the New Year season and Thanksgiving season and Hanukkah season, whatever you call it, it’s the holiday season. If you look around you’ll find someone that may be alone or far from their family or estranged from their family and they could really use a gift this season. By gift, I mean call that friend and invite them out for a cup of coffee, set up an all girls movie date or volunteer and talk friends & acquaintances into volunteering with you, I know Feed My Starving Children is a great place to do that. There are little things that you can do to help people, help them set up their new iPhone, go shopping with them and help them pick out ingredients for a recipe, just be creative and be yourself. Sometimes, it’s just company that someone craves. I know that my mom likes to make dinner for us, it’s not that hard to take a time out and make that happen for her… and I get a free dinner!
I often talk to my family and friends about what kind of first world problems we have. Remember if you have a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in and a meal to eat, you are richer than a lot of this world. Please think about how you can share that richness, what is inside your soul, with the rest of the world!