Christmas is the season of giving

Published 5:05 pm Monday, November 29, 2010

This is the season of giving.

Immediately, most of us go to our Christmas lists and talk about needs for friends and families. We bathe our houses in garland and lights. We search for the perfect tree to decorate, then sit back, self-satisfied, with a warm beverage and look at our artistry after we’re finished.

And there is nothing wrong with these things.

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But during this time of year, it is appropriate to think about and give to those who will receive little or nothing. It’s hard to imagine in this nation that people still go to bed hungry, and, even some still search for a bed in which to rest.

There are myriad opportunities for giving to assist others this holiday season. Look at the red kettles of The Salvation Army outside nearly every large department store or super market. There is the Angel Tree, a special opportunity to give to one or more of 900 children from 362 families this year in Dallas County.

If you and your family can’t adopt a family, then consider joining a group and go to a local nursing home to sing Christmas carols with those who will likely not get much more this season. Make a family project of homemade cards and bake something to carry with you.

Give of yourself. Volunteer to sit with someone and allow his or her sitters or caregivers time out to shop or get outside for awhile. Feed the birds old bread you might toss away.

This is the season of giving. There are many ways to give, and someone will appreciate the spirit of kindness and charity.