The holiday season is upon us. Familiar tunes play on the radio, people rush around in shopping malls trying to find “the perfect gifts” for family members and friends, and neighborhoods begin to transform into colorful festivals of light. The air seems to whisper, “Hurry, hurry, hurry!” as people rush through their days. Despite the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, there is an underlying need for us to give to others; an attempt to find true meaning underneath the superficial.
Giving can occur in many ways, we just need to think outside the box. What kind of gifts would be meaningful to others? Usually, they involve:
- spending our time
- making connections
- creating memories
Visiting a nursing home to entertain the elderly, making and delivering holiday cards to people in the hospital, and volunteering in a homeless shelter are just a few ideas. Children will experience the affect that their time and generosity have on others. When thinking about gifts we can give to our own children, “Wellness Mama” outlines some ways to share experiences rather than just things in her article, “46 Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff” at http://www.parenting.com/ .
Rather than spending money on the latest gadget or toy for their children, parents can think about taking a class together, building or creating something, or going on an adventure. Family members will enjoy the opportunity of spending time with one another, and the memories will last a lifetime.
You might want to check out http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/10-ideas-for-giving-experiences-instead-of-gifts/ , https://www.mainstreet.com/article/why-more-families-say-no-to-big-gifts-and-what-they-do-instead , and http://www.zeit-statt-zeug.de/en/ for more ideas about how to give differently during this holiday season.
Spending time with one another, making connections, and creating experiences can continue throughout the year and into the summer. Green Acres Camp focuses on developing our community by offering choices, incorporating creativity, fostering friendships, and, of course, having fun. Our spirit of giving is supported each summer through a community service project, which involves the entire camp. The camp community has organized several successful book and food drives for the Maryland Book Bank and Mana Food Center.
On January 7, Green Acres Camp invites you to our annual “Summer in the Snow” event, where you and your children will have the opportunity to experience our philosophy of creativity, choices, friendship, and fun first hand! We hope to see you there. Until then, have a happy, healthy, and thoughtful holiday season!
Green Acres; it’s the place to be!
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