Like last year, a few bloggers got together for a Secret Santa Project called #UnwrapChristmas – it is our attempt at making Christmas meaningful. We will be linking our posts through the day. Stay tuned.

making-christmas-meaningful

Making Christmas Meaningful

I’ve thought a lot about this over the last few days and I’ve realized that if there is one central message of Christmas, it is love.

It’s about spreading love, giving love, being love. It’s about getting out of ourselves and into living. Terri St Cloud

Making Christmas meaningful is all about love in action – just as it was at the first Christmas. I’m borrowing  a few ideas that will help in giving and being love.

Write a Reverse Christmas List.

I thought this idea of Simone Mets was  great for children and adults too.

Everyone knows that it’s the season for list making, and for children, those lists usually include the gifts they wish to receive. This is fun, but try encouraging your kids to make a “reverse Christmas list” after they’ve penned a list of things they’d like to ask for. A reverse Christmas list will consist of a list of things they’d like to GIVE to others this holiday, whether the recipients are family, friends, or gifts for those less fortunate than them. If you have a theme to your giving tradition, creating the reverse list can be a lot of fun. –

Becoming Santa.

I loved this idea from Brad Aronson

We then have the child choose someone they know – a neighbor, usually. The child’s mission is to secretly, deviously, find out something that the person needs, and then provide it, wrap it, deliver it –and never reveal to the target where it came from. Being a Santa isn’t about getting credit, you see. It’s unselfish giving.

Write Personal notes.

 Write to your children, your parents or other special people in your life telling them what they mean to you. You could also send handwritten notes to elders and sick children even if you don’t know them. Christmas is all about hope and many people could do with it.

Support a cause or a volunteer or volunteer yourself.

Raising funds, collecting things, donating to a charity, supporting volunteers or volunteering time at shelters and homes is a great way to spend Christmas.

Today I invite you to donate towards giving children a home by supporting Divya Disha, an NGO I work with. If you need any information about this cause, please feel free to ask me.

I wish you a meaningful Christmas.

I now pass on the #UnwrapChristmas tag to the lovely Sushmita Malakar.

Remember to keep checking the linky for more #UnwrapChristmas posts through the day.

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