Blogmas 2022 •Day Nine•

We have not always been a fortunate family. There were many times we were struggling with juggling debt on one income. We got by, but one thing it made difficult to do was to be able to give back. I have a very giving nature. Not being able to do as much as I actually want to, especially during the holiday season, has always made me feel like I am lacking in my potentials. On year we were able to give back some because someone anonymously had paid for our layaway order (which was our kid’s Christmas gifts). It allowed us to spend the money we had planned to on buying items for a local teen homeless shelter. Had it not been for that anonymous gift we received, we would not have been able to do what we did.

Each year as the holiday season approaches, I am left thinking about how can I show my kids how to be giving? I want them to want to give back to people even if that means that they don’t get the credit for it. To maybe think twice about what they think they want and maybe put someone else’s needs ahead of their own wants. With having a little more room in our budget this year, I decided to try to make something happen.

We have this neighbor that is not very neighborly. He doesn’t have a family or a partner that lives with him, all that we know is he has his dog, Kai. I was thinking, perhaps he is a little scrooge-y, and maybe he needs something to cheer him up a little bit. I started to look at Pinterest for gift ideas for neighbors and then had remembered a few years ago we had jingled one of my cousins. ☆In case you don’t know, being jingled is similar to Halloween‘s “boo basket” or May’s May basket. Where you leave a basket full of treats and things on someone’s porch and essentially ding dong ditch them.☆ I decided we would make up a gift bag for this neighbor and while we were at it, make a second one for the family down the road. Then I decided to grab some smaller things that we can stick into some random neighbor’s mailboxes. I didn’t want to do the whole jingle theme, but I created and printed these little gift notes to put on each one.

I just want to bring some holiday cheer to people, even if that means not getting a thank you in return. I feel that while thank-yous are incredibly important in a lot of instances, sometimes the giver should do the giving without needing the credit; much like the way the tradition of Santa has been long-lived.

It is easy to let the scrooge-y people keep to themselves and keep your distance from them; think of the Grinch as well. But what happened once Cindy-Lou was able to get through to both sides? The Grinch had a change of heart and so did the town’s people. Perhaps Christmas means just a little bit more.

Do you have any Scrooges in your life?

🐧Jenn

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