I can’t believe that November is coming to a close and the holiday season is officially here! Christmas time is my favorite for many reasons, with the most important being that I’m a big believer in spreading holiday cheer. I feel like we often get so wrapped up in holiday shopping, parties, and decadent meals that we forget about those that don’t have access to basic necessities, those that are going through a rough time or those that don’t have anyone to celebrate the season with, which is why I’m sharing the three ways I’m giving back this holiday season!
Chicwish Sweater c/o| Chicwish Skirt c/o | Show Me Your Mumu Coat (old – similar here and here, love this) | Mary Frances Handbag c/o (also seen in this post and this post) | Pink Bow Heels (old – similar here) | Canvas Locket (similar here) | Gorjana Ring via Rocksbox
Donating is something that I do year round. I clean out my closet once a month and take things I don’t need or use anymore to the local homeless shelter. Homelessness is a cause that is very dear to my heart so it makes me feel good knowing that items that are taking up space in my apartment can make someone else smile and even just help them get through the day. I feel like it’s even more important to donate during the holidays because warm clothing and blankets are a priority (and necessity) as the weather starts to cool down. I also feel like donations give people a sense of hope and comfort knowing that others care about their well-being, especially during the holidays when it can feel quite lonely. Donation items like winter coats, cold weather accessories, shoes, socks, blankets, pillows, food and even toys and books are something that we often take for granted but these are small things that can make such a big difference in someone else’s life.
The holidays can be a lonely and difficult time for some people so I feel like it more important than ever to share some encouragement. It can be something as simple as a note, quote, text, phone call, handwritten Christmas card or a few baked goods or a homemade item. The simplest things are sometimes the most meaningful and it’s such a great reminder to the other person that someone cares and is thinking of them. And if it’s a friend or family member that has nowhere to go for the holidays, why not invite them over? This simple gesture goes a long way in making someone feel special and included.
Pay it Forward
I truly believe that the good you give out to the world comes back to you. You never know what someone is going through and this small gesture could really brighten their day. You can pay it forward by paying for someone’s coffee, groceries, gas, leaving a bigger tip, etc (really, anything goes) and you never know… they may pay it forward to someone else <3
These are just a few of the ways that I’m giving back this holiday season but if you’d like even more ideas, make sure to check out the post I created last year that includes ten ways to give back.
How will you be giving back this holiday season? Share your ideas below!
P.S. Totally unrelated, but my husband exclaimed that I look like a “50s girl” in this skirt haha!
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