12 Ways to Maintain the Christmas Spirit AFTER Christmas: (1)

1In 2017, I spent the year maintaining the Christmas spirit in different ways each week. Here is a reflection of the first way in case you want to do something similar for 2019.

The first thing I did was serve the homeless (January). I chose to volunteer at the Clara White Mission here in Jacksonville. The shelter is named after a black American who was enslaved on Amelia Island. Her daughter, Eartha became an entertainer and philanthropist, who cared about the poor and disenfranchised. Consequently, she founded the mission and named it after her mom.

Once a week for a couple of hours, I awoke from my usual slumber to literally bring plates of freshly cooked meals to patrons. Interacting with people of varied walks of life humbled me. Providing my time, instead of simply handing someone a dollar yielded a different type of energy.

Volunteering here is pretty simple. If you’re in the area, here’s the information. If not, then I’d encourage you to find a shelter/mission in your city.

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.

Today, I encourage you to locate a shelter or mission and serve for at least one hour per week. I promise you won’t regret it.

*Apologies if you’ve already read this two years ago. I couldn’t re-blog it and had to create a new post :-/

20 thoughts on “12 Ways to Maintain the Christmas Spirit AFTER Christmas: (1)

  1. I have volunteered many times at the Special Olympics as well as marched, protested and demonstrated to demand an increase in funding for programs and services for People with Autism.

    Being a quiet private person I try not to discuss my efforts. I want the focus to be on folks with developmental disabilities not me. Plus I feel embarrassed when People compliment me or say I’m doing something good. I prefer to be out of the spotlight.

    By the way I sent you a private email message regarding a Sister in Ghana whose Autistic Son recently died. The details are in the email.

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    1. I understand what you’re saying DeBorah, so thank you for sharing what you’ve done here. I’m always trying to inspire people to do more good, so I hope your stepping out of your comfort zone gives someone else an idea or way to help ❤

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  2. This is so nice. I have never volunteered…I do pro bono work and that’s my idea of giving back but I need to volunteer at a soup kitchen or library or Food Corp or something. I’m sure it would make me feel good.

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