I know that Christmas spirit is just a concept, and that we ought to have the loving Christmas feeling all year round (which I like to think I do). But I encourage everyone to really get into that giving Christmasy mode!
Everyone here has access to the internet & such, and are fortunate to have been born into a part of society that often takes things for granted, and it’s good to remember that you’re fortunate to have the things you have.. and share to what you can.
This year I’m organizing the ‘adopt a family’ program through my office. We adopt a family in need & get the kids presents that their family otherwise couldn’t afford. I also convinced my son’s teacher to have the class ‘adopt a family’ too & I’m organizing that. I spoke to the mother of the family my son’s class is adopting, and I’m also going to take her out to dinner to a fancy restaurant. I’m really excited about all of it
There’s so much you can do! Some years I’ve bought goat or chickens pretty cheap to families in far off countries (so they can produce their own milk/eggs). I encourage everyone to get in the Christmas spirit.. and if anything, post ideas of how you could…however small or big they may be…
I have no ideas, but what you’re doing is great Em!
Once I tried to help someone, who I thought were in need, but they were quite irritated by me offering them help..
I hope it all works-out well for you… :) have a great one…
oh wait…you’re like the Santa Claus.. :)
I like to get to know neighbors this time of year. It’s weird to think that we can talk to anyone across the world, but we don’t always know our own neighbors. This year I’ve been shoveling, or helping shovel some people’s walks, baking way more that I could ever eat and giving some to neighbors and others around (like the mailman).
A friend of mine gets dozens of $10 gift cards for the grocery store and gives them as gifts to the homeless.
I try to give bags of food, beds or toys to animal shelters (and also keep several ziplock bags of food with treats in my car if I see a a homeless person who has a dog).
@ christina-it’s great to get to know your neighbors! Take away the houses & all the other “boundaries” brought on by society….these are the other humans that are inhabitating the same tiny area that you are… (yeah-super stoned :)). Once I actually got to talking to any of my neighbors, anywhere… wherever I lived at that point in time was just “nicer”.. if you know what I mean :) And yes, if you bake them something & just spontaneously bring it over, it would be such a pleasant interaction (and then they’d invite you in….& you’d get to know them a little better). And leaving something for the mailman is also such an awesome idea too! I delivered newspapers for awhile… and when I got a little gift that they left for me in their “newspaper tube”–it was such a nice surprise/treat & always made my day! There’s a lot of “universal” gifts anyone could use that you could wrap & leave for your mailman (baked goods always work :))
@Ren–that’s a sick idea too! I don’t know where everybody else lives…but the city isn’t far from me, and you can always find someone laying on the street. Whether they’re a crackhead–or whatever else you want to call them (bc there’s lots of shelters too.. which means they most likely were kicked out of the shelter for one reason or another).. And if you’re not a fluent cook (which would be myself), you could just swing by a drivethru for food & hand them a bag of food. Either way… handing a person who is lying on the street-a wad of steaming hot food-would be bliss to them!! :)
ANYWAYS—the reason I swung back to this discussion is bc of something that happened to me yesterday. Not a huge deal—but another idea :) A friend of mine stopped at my house. I haven’t seen her in awhile (in person).. I only knew she stopped by my house bc all the dogs started barking and then I looked & saw her outside the window. So I go outside & she’s almost back in her car, & I’m like, “Hey! What’s up! Com’ere & hug me bitch!”…. and she’s all pist bc she was trying to pull a “Secret Santa” and not have me know that she dropped a present and card on my doorstep (she left it at a different door that I came out of). What a great idea!!!!! Just leave a present on someone’s doorstep!! Anyone’s!! DO IT!!! ;)
So I met the mom of the adopt a family the other day. She came from Africa to try to make a better life for herself (it amazes me that people do that…and it IS a better life-wow). She’s completely illiterate… she’s been here since 2007. She’s all alone with her son (he’s 16 mos old).. no family… no friends… lives in the ghetto of the ghetto. I got her a job interview making more than the $8/hour she’s making now (which is to do housekeeping at a hotel that more or less just allows a place for people to sell drugs & hookers). So—I’m stoked about it :) Today’s her birthday too.
Merry Christmas everybody!!!!!!!
Aww thanks guys <3 I was actually pretty drunk & forgot I posted that last night :) I know there's been posts about how this site is more "talk" than "action," I just wish more could realize that the only thing preventing them from spreading awesomeness is themselves. All these boundaries that we're taught exist between us & other people, aren't really there :)
“All these boundaries that we’re taught exist between us & other people, aren’t really there” That is so true!!!! Its all based in our own self doubts and fear of rejection. It takes a courageous person to look beyond all of that and actually act in spite of our own insecurities. I <3 u Em!! :-)