“Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit,” President Thomas S. Monson has said.
But what should you give? Sometimes, loving service is the greatest gift you could offer. There are chances all around us to take care of others, especially during the holiday season. Try the five simple service ideas below with your family or friends:
1. Go Christmas caroling.
In your own neighborhood or one in need of some Christmas cheer, go door-to-door singing carols. You are bound to make someone’s day.
2. Put up Christmas decorations for someone who can’t do it themselves.
Can you think of someone who can no longer put up his or her own Christmas lights and decorations due to old age or disability? Offer to help.
3. Make lunches for the homeless.
While some will go without presents this year, others will go without food or shelter too. Pack lunches that you can pass out to the homeless in your area. Consider including a kind note inside.
4. Write letters to the lonely.
Actually, anyone will appreciate receiving a kind letter from you, whether they are lonely or not. Sitting down to write letters as family and friends is even more fun than writing on your own. Do you know any missionaries who are currently serving? Do you have friends or family who live far away?
5. Offer random acts of kindness every day.
Shovel your neighbor’s snowy driveway, open the door for someone, or simply smile at the people you pass. Christmas is all about kindness, especially when it comes to the little things.