About giving

It’s Christmas today!

On Christmas Eve this year, I was reflecting on the significance of the Christmas holiday period, also known as the season of giving.

Why do people feel the need to give at a particular season, and then just slip back into their usual day-to-day life once this season is over?

Do they get caught up in the feel-good vibes and warm fuzzies of the season, or just happen to have some extra cash to buy gifts with, or have some extra time on their hands to help out at a soup kitchen? Or maybe it feels right in their conscience to be giving in this season, just because everybody else is doing the same?

I wonder if this kind of giving comes from the heart? If one feels compelled to give because it’s a society norm to do so in this season, then that only cheapens the meaning of giving.

At the end of the day, the act of giving should not be a one-off affair, to be neatly executed at a certain season. Rather, it should be a year-round habit, and done without any selfish motive in mind.

Giving does not always have to be monetary — you could give your time to lending a listening ear to a friend who is feeling lonely or lost, or offer to mow the lawn for a neighbour who is ill, or simply pause and sincerely say a hello to a friend you’ve bumped into at the supermarket.

Ultimately, it’s the little things that go a long way…and quite often these little things turn out to be the most priceless gifts, costing nothing!

So let’s make giving a habit.

A blessed Christmas to you all!

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