Is it just me or have the holidays become a commercialized MESS? Shopping on Thanksgiving when you are supposed to be arguing over politics with family (I know that isn’t just me!), dragging kids out to the stores on Black Friday to save $50 on a mediocre television…the spirit of the holidays has become lost. But here’s the thing..there are tons of ways to teach your kids to give back to their community and really personify the spirit of the season. Here are some easy ways your family can give back to your community this holiday season:
- Go on a walk and pick up all the litter you see.
- Visit your favorite local shop for your holiday shopping. Because honestly…the locals love you more than those big box shops do.
- Instead of reselling your baby gear, donate it to a local non profit organization.
- Shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk or driveway…don’t forget the salt!
- Donate non perishable items to your local food pantry. Remember to include some special treats that your family loves to enjoy during the holidays, too (I’m talking about Gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa mix!).
- Drowning in arts and crafts? Share them with the elderly in your community, whether it is a grandparent, neighbor, or residents at a nearby nursing home.
- Adopt a family during the holidays and fulfill their “Dear Santa” list.
And if you are in Chicagoland, Big Blue Swim School makes giving back to your community throughout the year so incredibly easy through their “donate a swim lesson” program. Big Blue has partnered up with the Union League Boys and Girls Club so that you can provide high quality swim instruction not just for your child, but also for other children who need to learn how to swim. With your help, all children in Chicagoland will be equipped with the life saving skill…and who knows, you might be helping to shape a future Olympian!
How does your family give back this holiday season?