It's the Season of Giving

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Ways to Give

It's the season of giving. Christ gave his life for us and what do we give? Giving should not just be to your family. There are many ways we can give at this time of the year. They add to your enjoyment of the season and to other's enjoyment. Depending on your financial ability, choosing a way to give can be easy or it can be difficult but it is definitely worth finding a way to give to someone besides your family and friends.

One of my favorite ways to give is expensive. I can't always do this but it is great fun to try. I will pick a family that has very little. I will buy a gift for each of the people and enough food for a Christmas dinner. A turkey or ham with all the fixings. Potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, vegetables, rolls, muffin mix, eggs, and a pie with whipped cream makes a good start. If you can do this, it is more fun to put it on the porch, knock and run hide behind a tree to watch. The look on their faces is priceless. Do this a few days ahead to give them time to fix the food. The gifts should be wrapped and labeled for each person. If you don't know the names,put a description (mom, dad, younger boy, older boy, etc.)

Last year, mckbirdbks and Sunnie Day got together and got a man a coat. He was watched walking his kids to school with a blanket wrapped around him. The kids all had coats and were bundled up but obviously these people were having problems and dad didn't have one. They also surprised the family with a turkey. Good people, doing what they can, are the backbone of this country.

If you don't know a family that needs help, your food pantries can often help. They will give you a family that needs help and provide you with ages, interests, and sizes of kids. You can go through them to buy and deliver your gifts. Angel trees abound in the stores, shopping centers all have them, and many restaurants have them. The DAV has one in the restaurant that they hold their meetings in here. They help ex-military families that are having a hard time. The DAV also gives out food at Christmas and also at Thanksgiving. They usually have a fund for those that have a problem at other times; paying electric bills, rent, and buying food.

Most utility companies have a fund for the poor, keeping the heat, electric and water on in the winter is vital to the elderly, unemployed, and working poor. Sometime, think about how you would like to spend Christmas with no heat, or lights and not even water. The people who work at the utilities try to work with people to keep them on, but they have to do their jobs or they will be out of work also.

Offer to take someone who does not have a vehicle shopping. A babysitter is a blessing when you are a single parent and trying to shop for your kids at Christmas. I remember my husband and I taking the kids to the store and trying to hide the presents under a coat so they would not know what they would be getting. He would take them out to the car while I paid and we would stick the packages in the trunk to hide them.

Helping out in a Seniors Center is very rewarding. Many who go there go just for the company and to get warm. Some go because that is the only way that they will get a hot meal. Many Senior Centers offer one hot meal a day and if the people are poor, that may be the only one they get. Help decorate, wrap little gifts, hold a craft class, or just go talk to them. They are a treasure and appreciate it so much.

All of the schools are having their Christmas programs and parties at this time of year. Volunteer to help at one of these. Many parents do not have the time or are working to support their families. If you have the right build and look, offer to play Santa. Volunteers to help at these parties and events are hard to find, always appreciated and they are always fun.

There are many other ways to give, especially at this time of year. If you know of more, or have a favorite, let us know in the comments. We all enjoy giving and love new ideas.

I hope you all have a wonderful, spiritual Christmas and a safe, Happy New Year.


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New 2014 Ideas to Enjoy

This year, I was reading an article about the loneliness of Christmas. I was particularly taken with an idea in the comment section. A lady was telling people about how she lives near a military base. The base tries to match young men that cannot get home for Christmas, to a family in the area or on the base; to spend Christmas with.

These young men and women are often on their own for the first time in their lives. They are just 18 and 19 years old, and the loneliness of Christmas without their families hits them hard. Depression and suicide goes up during this time for them. They appreciate that anyone cares enough to invite them over to participate in any pre-Christmas or Christmas activities. They have given a part of their lives to protect our country and are serving us in that respect. Invite some of these young people over to participate in pre-Christmas game nights, or to attend church festivities with you. Invite them to spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with you. This would make them feel so blessed and ease any loneliness you might have. The joy of giving and participating in a program like this would be such a blessing for you, your family and these young people.

Let's all see if we can invite some deserving young service member into our lives this Christmas, and make them feel better.

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Yes Christmas is the time for giving Becky and you suggest some wonderful ideeas. I used to invite a disabled lady living on her own to spend Christmas day with our family, she always said it was the best christmas ever and just one more for dinner made no difference at all, in fact it meant less turkey to eat up later :)

You have a wonderful Christmas with your family Becky


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Rosemay, I love giving at any time of the year but at this time, it just seems more special. Giving is what makes the difference between us and the animals. I am sure that she enjoyed spending the day with your family. No one enjoys being alone, especially on holidays. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas also.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Becky - What an awesome job you did with this Hub and may I make a suggestion? This would be a great addition to Billy Buc's H.O.W. movement. Maybe add H.O.W. to the title and let it go from there. Just a suggestion. It has every symbol of what he is trying to encourage in others. I think yours is a wonderful Hub and would love to see you include it.

Either way I am voting up and sharing.

Blessings my friend


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

shiningirisheyes, thank you for the suggestion. Just put a H.O.W. in the front of the title? I am so happy that you enjoyed it. I have a couple of hubs that I have written in this vein.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Excellent. I took the original suggestion from Brave Warrior.

This is such an awesome hub and I look forward to reading more of them.

Enjoy your next adventure - whatever it may be!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I enjoy them all, my mom used to ask me what new adventure I had and I had to do something to tell her. I hope you have a really awesome Christmas.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You have some wonderful ideas here Becky. So many people suffer through this season and wish they could give their families a Christmas with gifts. There are thousands of ways to give. Thank you for sharing these.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hyph, so glad you could come by. People love this season and love to give. Put the two together and people can help someone and get the love in return. It is a win-win situation. I know that you practice many of these things on a regular basis but not everyone does. I also forgot to mention just going down to the convalescent centers and old folks homes and visiting someone who gets few visitors. Another wonderful way to give. Lap robes are also appreciated there. They help to keep people warm and comfy feeling. Whether crocheted, knitted or cloth; they are appreciated. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


mayank786 4 years ago

Your hub give me lots of new ideas to make this Christmas special for me and for other too..thank you Becky excellent work.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

mayank, I am so happy I could help you make Christmas special for anyone. Have a wonderful Christmas.


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resspenser 4 years ago from South Carolina

Those are some good ideas! Thanks for the hub!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

resspenser, I hope these ideas help you have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for coming to visit.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very timely and useful hub, Becky. It's important to help the needy all year, but especially at Christmas, which means so much to so many people. Thank you for sharing your ideas for helping people to enjoy the season.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

AliciaC, we all love to make Christmas special and I think giving is what makes it special. When we can make Christmas special for those who will not have much of one, it makes it special for them and us both. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. This is a great message. This is the time for giving and reaching out to those in need. Thanks for sharing your ideas and passing this on.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Gypsy Rose Lee, This is a wonderful time to give. Reaching out to those in need is always a wonderful experience and it is something that I do all year round. I really appreciate you coming by and visiting. Have a wonderful Christmas.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks, Becky, for the reminder that giving to others should be done year round, not just during the holiday season. May your holiday be lovely, m'dear.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I agree, Christmas is a time for giving. I love to give to the Salvation Army. They serve daily meals to the homeless. We have a little place here in my town called, ' The helping hand ' Items are left in a large wooden box and it is open, never closed. Thank's for the share..Merry Christmas.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Ruby, Giving is always fun. We have a Helping Hands too. They sell the things they are given to buy food for the hungry. They also will give things to people who have nothing. Old couches, beds and tables, clothes for those who need them. They are a great group. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

drbj, I totally agree, giving should be year round. It is especially rewarding at this time of year when some will not get anything if we do not step forward. No child deserves that. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Becky. What a nice hub. This was full of good ideas. This time of year is special and your ideas will keep it special.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Mike, I got started doing this when I was 18 and a lady I worked with had three kids and her husband left her. He took all the money which had her playing make-up on the rent so she didn't have the money to do Christmas for her kids. Several of us got together and did Christmas for her. Tree, food and gifts. I have never been able to forget that and the look on her face when I drove up with everyone's stuff that they had sent. I had to call her and tell her to send the kids to her moms, I was coming out. The back of the pickup was full. If you ever get started doing this, you are totally hooked. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Becky-what an inspiring hub on the joy in giving. I have always loved to give as it brings me so much happiness. I just loved the story about bringing a meal at a door step and ringing the bell and running. These simple things can be very moving and remembered throughout life for the person giving and the person receiving. Thanks for the reminder-My head is already coming up with ideas.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Minnetonka Twin, It is so much fun to give, and once discovered, the joys of giving just want to keep being felt. It is fun to get also, but I still love to give even more. I rally appreciate the visit and hope that you have a great Christmas.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Becky,

You are so amazing. If everyone had your charitable spirit, we would not need this movement.

Beautiful, doable and meaningful ideas. Voted UP and UABI.

Hugs, Maria


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Morning Maria, I am not amazing. I did this a couple times when I was young and got hooked. This is guarantee to put you in the giving spirit. Anyone who does this a couple of times and does not feel great about it is not normal. It is an addictive thing to do. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas .


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are fantastic ideas for sharing the love, Becky. I like the one about buying everything a family needs and dropping it off for their pleasure to find on the doorstep. Ring and run! What a great version of that game. It is also fun to make gift bags for seniors with sample sizes of personal items like Denture tables, Scope, a comb or brush, shower cap, magnifying mirror, Chapstick, a new toothbrush, etc..


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, that is a great idea. I can see going to a Senior Center with a bunch of those little bags. It would be such fun to walk through and pass them out. Some of those poor elderlies don't ever get a visitor and they are mostly so sweet. I used to go to one weekly. Unfortunately I can't get there without a vehicle. I am hearing rumors that it will be fixed and back to us for Christmas. I will believe it when I see it in the driveway. I hope you have a great Christmas.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful message to give and share with those who have so much less than we do. Warms the heart this Christmas and I hope there will be a lot more people doing things for others. Passing this on.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Gypsy Rose Lee, wonderful to see you here again. I really appreciate the share. Have a wonderful; Christmas.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Great hub full of wonderful ideas. It's so good to see people's reactions when they have something unexpected and something they need but didn't think they'd ever have. Christmas is all about giving, helping, good will and love; there is never enough of all those things so we need to make a special effort, all over the world. Voted up etc.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

annart, It is so much fun to see the look on people's faces when they suddenly have stuff for a proper Christmas dinner and know they can give their children a gift. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Merry Christmas to you too and a happy new year! Ann


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Great thoughts on how to give during this season. I think we sometimes forget what the true meaning of gifts during Christmas means. Love your idea to volunteer at senior centers and nursing homes. They seem to get lonely when family is unable to visit for Christmas.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

teaches, so nice to see you here. It has been a busy time of year for everyone. Sometimes relaxing with these people is good therapy for us too. The time spent with them is always appreciated. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.


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weestro 3 years ago from Virginia

Great suggestions Becky, tis the season and if we all do a little something it adds up! Voted up and awesome!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

weestro, If everyone does just a little, the results would be awesome. I appreciate the votes and hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


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b. Malin 3 years ago

Hi Becky, what a Wonderful and Uplifting Hub. You've shown Everyone the true meaning of this Holiday Season. It would be nice if Everyone gave a little help to someone that needs it ALL times of the year. Sometimes just spending time with someone who has No Family and not many Friends left is a "Gift" all by itself. Thanks for sharing.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi b., good to see you back, You have been missed. If people spent just a little time a week with someone who needs, this world would be a much better place. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi Becky, this is a lovely reminder of how giving makes anyone receive so much more! Great ideas that spur you on to think of other giving possibilities. Your life experiences could have stopped you from wanting to give, but instead they have shaped you into an even more beautiful person. Heartfelt good thoughts your way.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Vickiw, I think when you don't have a lot, you either get selfish or empathy. I guess I got empathy. I really appreciate the good thoughts, send some back and thank you for coming by to visit.


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skylarboo 3 years ago from San Diego, California

It's a good reminder that giving to others can be done and important, ANY time of the year. How do you feel about those who give to only members of their own religion?


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

skylarboo, giving to others is so uplifting for ourselves as well as those we give to. I always feel better when I am giving. As for those who give only to those from their own religion; can you think of any better way to show them how religion SHOULD be. Love is the best way to show people and giving is love. Those who limit themselves like that are such meager little things and show how little their faith is. Christians are commanded to give. Other religions are also although I am not sure which ones. I know there are a few that just preach extermination of the infidels. Thank you for coming to visit.


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manatita44 3 years ago from london

Not quite Christmas as you will appreciate, Becky, but giving yes, no special time for this. I commend your efforts. Other ways are through a smile, a helping hand, mentally, socially, and through prayer on the soul's level. Great message that you send out here.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

manatita44, I wrote this before Christmas this last year. I don't like to take things down if they are seasonal so it stays up. I appreciate the comments and agree wholeheartedly that we should not just give at Christmas. I give all year round. I have another hub about helping the homeless. That is one of my top hubs and has many views daily. I appreciate you coming by to visit.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

These are all wonderful suggestions and ideas for giving during the hiday season. Giving is as fun as receiving. Thank you for a delightful hub in the true spirit of giving.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

suzette, so nice of you to come by and visit. I love to give, but at times, I just don't have it to give. Some of these do not require anything but some time. It is just as much fun to give as to receive.


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resspenser 3 years ago from South Carolina

Nice. Haven't done anything this year yet but I'm sure the opportunity will come. It always does.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

resspenser, I need to get going on this too. I have zero Christmas spirit this year. Want to come decorate my tree? I haven't even gotten that far yet. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Giving. A subject very dear to my heart. Selfless giving is so important for our own inner growth!

I like your approach and your article also. Let us remind ourselves and inspire others to do the same. Heaven's peace to you and family.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

manatita44, I agree with you totally. Giving to others helps us grow in our souls. Thank you for the kudos and the visit. I appreciate both.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi Becky, With temps into the nineties here, I needed a little dose of Christmas to get me mindful of the cool weather. I love the enthusiasm you put into this hub and the genuine spirit of giving. It certainly does serve to make us feel blessed when we help those who have few of the basic comforts and necessities of life.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Peg, The temps here are up in the 100's already. I would never refuse someone water at this time of year. I would even try to dig up some more jugs to give them more water. I know you are the same. I love how it makes me feel when we give to someone that needs and I know you do also. I appreciate you coming to visit.


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peachpurple 14 months ago from Home Sweet Home

let us forgive and forget, give whatever we can to the poor


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Becky Katz 14 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

peachpurple, I agree with you. I try to give year round, and I am blessed by the giving. I have given food, clothes, and I gave money to a crying girl whose mother had died and needed money for the bus trip to the funeral. If all gave what they could, when they can, the world would be a better place. Thank you for coming by to visit.

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