Welcome back to day four of our ten days of Advent series! Each day I’m sharing a way that you can celebrate Advent as a family to help reinforce the true meaning of Christmas. If you missed a day, check out day one, day two and day three. I love sharing holiday traditions with my little ones, but I don’t want them to forget that the real reason for all the festivity is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Reach out to someone feeling lonely this season
So much of the holidays is about togetherness. We spend extra time with our families, travel long distances to visit, and cook special meals together. There are holiday parties to attend with friends, coworkers, or classmates. We exchange gifts and Christmas cards. One of the best parts of this season is being with those we care about, but for some people, the holidays can be a very lonely time. Someone who doesn’t have a family, who isn’t able to be with their family, or who has recently lost a loved one would see the Christmas season very differently.
Today, make an effort to reach out to someone who might be feeling lonely this holiday season. It could be an extended family member, a friend or a neighbor. Write a letter or a card reminding that person that someone cares about them. You could even write it anonymously. Showing someone that they are not alone can be such a gift, especially during the holidays when there’s so much emphasis on being with others. We all feel lonely sometimes, and the simple act of a friend reaching out can make all the difference.
You don’t have to write a long letter or write anything in particular. A card saying “Merry Christmas from your neighbor,” could make a huge impact on someone’s day. Often it’s not the grand gestures, but the little things that can mean the most. A reminder that someone notices and cares about them could be just what that person needs to hear today!