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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

5 Ways in which we can keep the Spirit of the Christmas Season Going all Year Long

By: Dyan Eybergen
W.C. Jones once wrote of Christmas: The joy of brightening other's lives, bearing each other's burdens, easing others' loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas. These are fine ingredients that should be used to flavor the world all year long. Not just during the holiday season. Here are 5 tips for seizing the magic of Christmas and sprinkling it throughout the rest of the year.
  1. Identify a family, child or individual in need; either through a charitable organization, or a church, and brighten their lives by writing to them, sponsoring them, or offering to help them in some way. 
  2. Lend a helping hand and bear the burden for someone else. Offer to take on someone else's challenge that might be too much for them to bear at the moment. It can be as simple as offering to carry out someone else's groceries. 
  3. Ease the load of someone who is struggling. If their is a single parent in your community offer to cook their family meal once a month, or babysit their children for an afternoon or shovel their driveway. Anything you can do to help ease someone else's burden will most definitely lighten yours. 
  4. If you know of an elderly person who is ill or alone, offer to spend some time with them reading to them or listening to their stories. Their empty hearts will soon fill and yours will spill over. 
  5. Generous gifts come in many forms and are not always from department stores. Volunteer your time,  provide respite care, deliver meals on wheels. 
The magic of Christmas shouldn't be bottled up and opened only for our drinking pleasure a couple of weeks a year. No. The joy of Christmas should be shaken up and splashed around; all year long. For its the magic of this season that reminds us that life is light: full of promises and possibilities. As Calvin Coolidge once said: Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. 


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