Pairs Well With…Holidays + Kindness + A Giving Spirit
Everything about the holidays excites me: cookies with sprinkles, festive parties with friends, the upbeat Christmas carols. I feel extra sparkly the whole season long, and that’s not just because I wore something sparkly every day for a week and coined it “The Seven Days of Sparkles”…but it is a thing. What I love most about the season is being able to put a smile on someone else’s face – especially when they least expect it.
The holidays seem to be a time when people look to do something nice for one another. In the spirit of giving, I compiled a list of ways to spread acts of kindness this holiday season:
CUPPA JAVA – Buy a soldier his or her morning java. Coffee shops like Caribou Coffee are offering a program during the holidays where you can purchase a cup for the next soldier that comes in seeking their morning jolt. Caribou will anonymously deliver on your behalf!
GIVE A GRANOLA – On chilly nights like tonight, it’s hard to think that someone may not have a place to go or food to eat. Carry a handful of granola bars in your bag to help keep someone’s belly full.
PLEASANT POSTAL – Send a warm and fuzzy holiday greeting to someone you’ve not connected with in a while. The surprise of hearing from you is like giving the gift of a smile.
SOUND THE SIRENS (with bad ass baked goods) – Whip up a batch of your favorite sweet treats and deliver to your local service officials with a letter of appreciation.
GET YOUR GRANNY ON – Spend time with someone older and wiser than you. Share stories and swap life lessons. It’s fun to learn from others, and spending time is a gift that money can’t buy.
MOTIVATIONAL MENTORING – You know that colleague who has been talking about how she’s “always wanted to do that” or friend who has been thinking of a career change? Give the gift of encouragement and support to help someone else reach their goals and dreams, and move in a better direction. After all, encouragement costs nothing.
Happy Holidays from me to YOU! THANK YOU for your continued support and love for Pairs Well With… It has truly been a blessed year!