It’s been a tough year, so why not end it well with some heartwarming ways you can pay it forward this holiday season? Congratulations, by the way, on almost making it through 2018. You made it through Tide Pod snacking, Yanny/Laurel fights, and a whole year without a new episode of “Game of Thrones.” 2018 has certainly had its difficult moments, but hopefully we can end the year on a good note.
The classic saying goes, “It’s better to give than to receive,” and while that feels true, giving comes with a lot more complications. Some people are picky with what they want. Some people don’t seem to want anything at all. Besides all that, giving is expensive. Still, sharing good fortune is an integral part of the holiday experience, and so I’ve put together a list of ways to spread the holiday spirit without breaking the bank, without spending at all really. It’s just about being the delightful person I know already are. How do I know? You’ve made it all the way through this sappy opening. You’re at least very patient. So, get out there and do some of these heartwarming ways to pay it forward this holiday season.
Host a Party
Rocking around the Christmas tree is not an activity that’s typically enjoyed alone. The best parts of the holiday season are usually spent with friends and family. However, supplying a location for the proverbial tree can be a daunting task. If you’re a person who can tolerate deep cleaning your home twice in a weekend, hosting the rockers is an excellent way to cultivate holiday cheer. Even if all the big days already have a host, I guarantee someone close to you would appreciate an extra party. I know a list writer who would love a distraction from his terrible fantasy football team.
The holidays bring cold weather, and it’s hard to think about a summer body when you can wear joggers everyday. A good diet can wait till your New Years resolution. Make sure your loved ones join you in the well deserved holiday gluttony by taking care of the work. From an expertly basted turkey to Betty Crocker gingerbread mix, there’s a holiday dish to make regardless of your skill level. My family barely lets me in the kitchen on Christmas Day, but I’m pretty good at mixing rum and eggnog, and I say even that counts.
Entertain the Kids
Children are adorable. Of course, they are at peak cuteness when taken in small doses. So if there happens to be children at your holiday gathering, I imagine there’s a parent who wouldn’t say no to a break. Kids are a pretty easy crowd to entertain. Find some toys and put on a show with them. Practice a duet from “Frozen.” When my sister was a toddler, she got a kick out of loud sneezes. If all else fails, download some games on your phone.
No matter the size of your group, there’s probably someone at the holiday dinner table you disagree with on some issue. Having strong, informed opinions on things like politics, religion, and “Star Wars” movies is great, but there’ll be time to debate those things later. The holidays are for celebrating what we have in common. My sister thinks Andrew Garfield is the best Spider-Man, but I don’t need to prove her wrong. At least, not in front of the extended family.
Call your Mother
You don’t call her enough. It’s physically impossible to call her enough. You could try harder though. Just call her.