So here we are again, my absolute favourite time of year, Christmas!
Being born and brought up in Mumbai, and coming from a convent educated school, Christmas celebrations were a huge part of my growing up years . At school we used to have competitions making Christmas Nativity sets and form groups singing Christmas carols in the neighbourhood.
I haven’t enjoyed any other festival as much as I have Christmas. It’s that magical month, bringing back many memories of my childhood. I remember running to my friend’s house after school to help in their annual ritual of preparing Christmas sweets and other delicacies.
Even today Christmas for me is all about decorating Christmas trees, fairy lights, yummy cakes, breads and puddings, wine and all things nice. Everything around is so full of celebration and seems so much prettier with the city being decorated with lights and paper lanterns.
But along with the celebrations, Christmas is also a time of giving and sharing with those around us. But that sharing is not limited to those that we love and care for. It is also for the person that we have never met and will never see. Those who are not as fortunate in their lives as we are and could use a helping hand.
If you are thinking of doing something to help the less fortunate now is the perfect time to open out your heart and your wallet. The satisfaction that comes from making a difference in the lives of others cannot be compared to any other feeling.
Knowing that you have helped make someone else’s Christmas a wee bit brighter is a special feeling, and one that has a feel good factor long after the holidays are over.
So what you can give today? What’s in your giveaway goody bag?
Is it a warm smile to someone? Or giving some food to a homeless? Or maybe volunteer at an old age home, a children’s ward in the hospital, or offer some other help in the community college or a government run school? Maybe you can offer warm clothes that you no longer use and need to someone on the streets. Maybe you can donate a month’s groceries to your domestic help. Or even give the unbroken toys and clothes that are in good condition but no longer fit, to the children’s orphanage.
There are so many ways you can help. Your actions will mean the world to those in need.
Do a random act of kindness and make his world a much better place to live in.
Wishing you warmth and happiness in this festive season!!