How to Capture the True Spirit of Christmas

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

While for so many people this holiday season is about rampant commercialism and rushing to keep up with a hectic schedule, we should all jump off the speed train and take time to not only appreciate the true meaning of Christmas, but also to embrace the true spirit of Christmas.

In order to embrace the true Christmas spirit, we need to reach down within ourselves and be willing to give. Give of ourselves, our time, our love, and our worldly possessions. Do not think of gift giving as an obligation, but think of it as a symbol of love. While no gift can accurately reflect what we feel for those who are near and dear to us, we can show them that they matter by spending time with them or by selecting a gift with meaning.

Embracing the spirit of Christmas also means giving to those who are most in need. It is easy to throw some money into a Salvation Army collection, and that is certainly a worthy cause, but if your Christmas spirit needs a boost, then perhaps you should try something more hands-on.

If you’re looking to regain some of that lost Christmas spirit, here are some tips on how to capture the true spirit of St. Nikolaus.  Local churches, schools and charitable organizations can give you a list of opportunities and places in need of help. For example, collecting toys and clothing for needy children in your community, donating to your local food pantry or volunteering at a soup kitchen are all good options. Schedule a visit at the local nursing home or send a message of hope to children in desperate situations through Operation Christmas Child, which is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. You can also get a group together and work on a Habitat for Humanity project. It will make you appreciate what you possess. You can also find many opportunities in your local community at www.allforgood.org

Top 5 Christmas Charities

The Salvation Army – salvationarmyusa.org
Toys for Tots – toysfortots.org
Samaritan’s Purse – samaritanspurse.org
My Two Front Teeth – mytwofrontteeth.org
Make-A-Wish – wish.org

Get a few friends together and embrace the spirit of St. Nikolaus by helping those in need. Let people in your community see that you and your friends are caring. It is sure to bring more joy and happiness into your life.

By using some of these suggestions, you will make a difference this year and it will help you to capture the true spirit of Christmas. Remember, Christmas is not really about lights and trees and piles of gifts–it’s really about peace and good will toward one another.  Feel free to share anything you do to help those in need with us by writing a comment or using our contact form and we’ll try to highlight some of the great things you did.

 

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Darlene Fuchs