Holidays are a time for fun, food, and festivities. For most of us. It is easy to look only within our immediate families to share happy times, but I would like to challenge you to look beyond to others who are alone, who are homebound, who are in need. The winter holidays, especially, are a time when sharing and caring are honored. Look beyond your own home to relatives, neighbors, or friends who are alone or cannot get out to celebrate with others. Invite them to join in your celebration, give them transportation, gather them into the fold. Visit those who are unable to leave their homes. Help them enjoy the light of the holiday season.
The winter holidays are a time for helping others in need. This month our newspaper publishes sad stories each day of desperate local families overcome by poverty and sickness. Donate to some of the many charities, help serve at a food kitchen, join an adopt-a-family program. By serving others, you feed your own spirit.
Sharing and caring is a valuable lesson for children. Teach them to look beyond themselves to see others who need help, and to lend a hand or a kind word to lift someone up. The ability to be thoughtful and caring is a great gift that brings joy to the giver as well as those that are helped.
The holiday light is not meant to be hidden in your own little corner of the world. Let it shine out to brighten other corners and you will see that your own light will merge with the flicker of another and the two will grow stronger… and memories will glow.