This time of year is so busy for everybody. There are presents to get. Reservations to make. Parties to get ready for. Prior obligations to tend to. Events to plan. Resolutions to think about. The list goes on for me. It is so easy for me to get into this place where I'm the only person who matters. I have to be somewhere, I'm late, I need a new outfit. (The emphasis on I!) I start out with good intentions, but if I don't make it a point to be less selfish, it won't happen. So for this BLOGmas post, I came up with ways to be less selfish during the holidays:
Help the host. If you are going to Christmas dinner at someone's house, ask them if they need help setting up or breaking down. Ask them if they need anything. They probably won't ask for help cooking, but they might appreciate an extra pair of hands to set up chairs or throw trash away. OR just make sure you clean up after yourself. That's all any host could ever ask for.
Go to the store for grandma/aunt/host. Trying to find a store that is open on Christmas is the most annoying thing ever. Trust me, I've been there, done that. The good thing is, stores start posting holiday hours way ahead of time and you can look some up online. OR ride with whoever volunteers to go to the store to keep them company on the frustrating adventure they are about the go on. They will need it.
Serve someone's food. Make a kid's plate so they won't make a mess of the food. Volunteer at a soup kitchen for an hour. Serve an elder, so they won't have to get up. Ask someone if they want a drink on your way to the drink cooler. Grab a couple extra napkins to share. It's the little things that count.
You may be thinking, why be less selfish? If for no other reason, because it will make you feel better. Have Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!