December 23, 2013

This Christmas

There is so much to be thankful for in our daily lives and the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmastime give us an opportunity to reflect even deeper on these things.

On the heels of Christmas, I've come across people in my life experiencing some trying tragedies. Being so close to Christmas, these tragedies can almost seem like too much to bear. Though the pain from personal tragedy can never truly disappear, the loving spirit of friends and strangers alike will never cease to amaze me.
Giving is not about the praise.

Helping people is not about the gratitude.

I do however want to thank my mother for her giving. Not for her giving of time and money to those who need it, but for her giving me the first hand account of what it means to serve. Being a part of my mom's Christmas project to give kids in need a meaningful Christmas has been nothing short of amazing.

The project started out as wanting to give a few kids a Christmas gift. It since has turned into a whole army of people dedicating their time, money, prayers, and Christmas spirit to giving multiple families a Christmas they've never had and a memory they'll likely never forget.

I know many of us like to give back this time of year and I certainly encourage you to find a way, no matter how small the gesture may seem, to serve somebody this Christmas. Even better, commit to finding a way to serve others all year long. It's not always easy to put others first--everybody has their own trials to deal with as well. I will certainly try though to make more of an effort this new year.

This time of the year their are many local charities and shelters looking for help--look them up in your area if you're still looking for a way to give!

How do you give back at Christmastime? 

What ways do you recommend serving others all year round?


  1. Hi! Just found your blog today through Dayton Local and I love it! Especially love this post on giving!! Merry Christmas to you & yours!! : )

  2. Amanda @ A Latte LearnDecember 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Thank you for stopping by and reading! Merry Christmas to you as well! :)



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