12 Ways to Maintain the Christmas Spirit AFTER Christmas (#2)

Over the holiday season, a few bloggers and I discussed how easily people slip into the “giving” spirit when mid-November rolls around. And then *poof* Just like that, people tend to slip right out of it when January appears. It got me thinking. How can we maintain this energy year-round?

Initially, I’d planned to “experiment” with different ways and then write this at the end of the year. But I figured some people might want to try with me, so instead, I’ll update and re-blog the post every four weeks.

People say that Christmas isn’t about giving and receiving gifts, but I can’t tell. It seems to be the part that everyone enjoys. And if you suggest removing it, then entire social media arguments ensue. I once read someone justify Christmas gifts with the story of the Three Wise Men.

I digress.

no_2The second thing I did was send people gifts (February). I began with my little sister friend’s birthday. I ordered Wandas from Two Dough Girls and had them delivered to her home. I also sent my little cousin a care package. She’s completing her first year at my alma mater, Western Michigan University. I asked her what she wanted/needed and she sent me a list. Dwight and I added her requests to our groceries and shipped them off. If you’ve ever been away from home, then you understand how exciting it is to receive free snacks and toiletries. Her older sister didn’t need anything, so I sent her a handwritten card with well-wishes and a copy of my book.

This seems to be a simple way to show people that you’re thinking of them. Let me know if you try it.

1<<<Read about the first idea here.




27 thoughts on “12 Ways to Maintain the Christmas Spirit AFTER Christmas (#2)

  1. What a thoughtful post! I was at the hospital visiting a loved one today, and realized just how important little gifts are. All it took was a photo of her great grandchild printed out and put next to her bed. You’re so right, we need to keep on giving to receive 🙂

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  2. Aww Kathy! I love this. It warms my heart. Love doing acts of kindness, it makes people feel so good. Great idea to reblog your post every month and get into the Spirit of Christmas through the year. ~Blessings blessings blessings, Debbie

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  3. I like this, it feels very enlightened, for I always feel let down when Decembers 26th comes around and everything is swept under the rug as far as any holiday is concerned. Like Elvis sang, why can’t every day be liked Christmas?

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  4. Love this! I usually pick five random people to send gifts to throughout the year, not during Christmas. I’m all about RAOK and I do it because it might make someones day but I mainly do it for me too, makes me happy 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you said that Belinda because that’s what I’m getting to…Christmas is a time when (for whatever reason) people tend to think with their hearts. I hope we can all begin to do it more every day in little ways. And thanks!

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  5. That was a lovely thing to do Kathy! And although I didn’t actually receive those gifts, I got a warm cosy glow and there was a big smile on my face just reading about it. If giving did that to me, I can just imagine what those young girls felt. Lovely post!

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