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As Christmas rapidly approaches, people can easily get caught up in the hustle-bustle of holiday parties, shopping and Christmas list-making. However, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on the reason for the season.

Do More Giving — When possible, volunteer with organizations for those in need such as a soup kitchen, donate much-needed items such as socks, blankets, coats and more to homeless shelters, or consider purchasing a gift from a Christmas Angel tree. Or simply surprise a loved one, friend or neighbor with a plate of Christmas cookies or a poinsettia left on their doorstep. Giving doesn’t have to be super-commercial or expensive to be heartfelt.

Pray — This time of year can be difficult for people that are ill, alone or in despair, especially this year. Reaching out to those people and all friends and loved ones to let them know they are being thought of in prayer can be a powerful way to connect with people.

Be Kind — Spreading kindness is a beautiful and subtle way to spread light and cheer. Smiling at a stranger on the street, dropping a few coins into the Salvation Army bucket at the grocery store, opening the door for someone or letting someone into traffic are all simply, small and easy ways to spread more kindness and love this season.

There are so many ways to honor the real reason for Christmas! Get creative and enjoy all the wonderful, spiritual ways to celebrate.

Our wish for all of our readers is to make this Christmas season special for you and loved ones and don’t stress about the little things, it will all work out.  Treat others with the love and respect they deserve, be kind, help people when you can, and always be loving and caring to animals.

Taylor Homes