23rd December, 2022
“We give little when we give of our possessions but we give much when we give of ourselves”, said Al Mustafa in Khalil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’.
Christmas is known as the season of giving. The practice of giving gifts during Christmas is symbolic of the presentation of the gifts by the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus.
But I believe it is also because the holidays bring out the giver in all of us.
The holidays are the season of giving; giving love and giving thanks.
The holidays are also about faith, showing appreciation, and helping those in need.
We often give gifts to re-confirm or establish our connection with others, which means that they’re a reflection of both the giver and the receiver, as well as their unique relationship.
Giving a gift to someone we care about allows us to communicate our feelings and appreciation for them.
I recently read a wonderful post by a friend which I could relate to and I reproduce here.
“Instead of waiting for Santa Claus🎅🏽 to come deliver your presents, Or telling yourself and others that he is not real, this year how about you be Santa.
No, you need not be fat though being cheery would be nice.
You need not have his beard, his costume or even have to wear red (though go right ahead and feel free to do so if u want to).
All you need is a kind and giving heart.
Buy some toys, clothes, supplies or whatever you see fit to be given away as a gift and give it to the homeless, the poor or even to an orphanage.
It need not even restrict only to fellow humans. Feed the strays or visit an animal shelter, maybe even adopt one.
Go ahead plant trees and think of ways to help the environment.
There is always so much scope to kindness and giving that one would never run out of ideas.
We need not wait until Christmas either.
Start now and never stop.
Post pics and your stories so as to encourage others.”
Isn’t the above post by my friend a wonderful idea.
Let’s be Santa Claus this holiday season.
Let’s spread kindness, good cheer & a helping hand.
Let’s put a smile on someone’s face and let’s start with ourselves, our family and friends.
Let’s celebrate ‘The joy of Giving’ season & stay blessed forever.