It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Well, for some of us.
I’ve been lucky. I grew up in a home that celebrated both Chanukah and Christmas. Plus, my birthday is in January. So, the holiday season has always been an especially jolly time for me. My parents were always able to give my siblings and I wonderful gifts and take us to do all kinds of wintery things.
My favorite memories are going to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and going to see the tree lighting in the city. Living so close to New York City was great. It made the whole season so much more magical.
My mom is Jewish and my dad is Catholic, so all throughout the year, there’s never been a shortage of celebrations.
But, what about the people who aren’t so lucky? Some people don’t have money for gifts….or even for warm coats and gloves for that matter. Some kids have to watch all their friends at school get tons and tons of gifts that they barely even appreciate while having to accept that they’ll never be in their shoes.
Unfortunately, some people don’t have a place to go on the holidays. Or maybe they don’t have homes at all.
People struggle all year round in this world, and I think that sometimes we’re too wrapped up in our own security to realize that. But it’s important that we do. Someone needs to care. We all need to care.
Actually, I’ve already started. I worked with my friends to create a pin up calendar for charity. We’re selling it on Etsy and donating all of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood and Bring Change To Mind.
In addition, I plan on volunteering at soup kitchens throughout the season with my best friend as a way to give back. We get and we get, but we have to remember how important it is to give, especially to those of us who are underprivileged and could really use the help.
There are so many ways to reach out and lend a helping hand. Whether you donate your old clothes, money, or your time, it all matters. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, and every good deed makes a difference. So spread some holiday cheer this season!