Tis the season to be jolly and kind. In 2018, we have seen our share of bad events, but the Christmas holidays always bring about a positive change and tend to bring out the best in most people. I have noticed that people give more of their time and resources to those in need during this holiday season, but why should we stop there? Let’s keep that holiday giving spirit all year long by being compassionate and considerate. Charles Dickens had this in mind when he said, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all year,” so follow my tips to honor Christmas year-round. 

  • “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” — Bob Hope 
    Bob Hope was right in that loving others is what Christmas and the rest of the year should be about. Every Christmas, people line up to work at homeless shelters to feed the homeless, so much so that the shelters must turn many volunteers away. The thing is that the shelters need help all year, not just during the holidays. Take a cue from Mr. Hope and volunteer at a shelter once a month. Get to know the residents and offer additional help, such as career advice, job training, or even doing their hair and make-up. 
  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” — Charles M. Schulz
    This is something that can be done all year as well. Think about doing something kind for someone different every day. My aunt, for example, gives a sincere compliment to different people every day. The wonderful thing  we have noticed is that her small act of kindness is contagious, and now the people she complimented are now complimenting others and so on. Just image what a positive world we could have if everyone focused on giving sincere compliments instead of harsh criticism. 
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. 
    This is not a holiday quote, but I think it still applies. When I read these words, I think about how I can make the world better, and one of the ways we can show love is through mentorship. There are many local groups looking for adults that are willing to mentor the youth in our city, so try being a mentor and support a young person in 2019. 
  • “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” — Mother Teresa
    Let us remember our public servants who put their lives on the line daily for us. The         firefighters and policemen in this area see many tragic occurrences, so let’s lift their spirits by dropping off doughnuts and coffee at the different precincts and stations. In addition, when you see them out in public offer them a big smile and thank them for their service. ps