Holiday Spirit

Holiday Spirit

Hello Barefaced Community!

With it being the holiday season, one of my favorite times of the year, I thought I would talk with you about an eye-opening, inspirational experience I had one Christmas :)

Christmas pic

On one typical freezing snowy day in Michigan, I decided to tag along with my mom to a holiday charity party at a homeless shelter. At first I was reluctant to the thought of waking up at seven o’clock in the morning and driving through cold, but she insisted that I go. Upon arrival, the room was crowded with strangers, a jolly old santa was ho-ho-ing in the corner, and I was found wiping my eyes looking for the nearest coffee machine. I was assigned to help pass out presents to families upstairs, so I chugged a cup of coffee (aka my only hope of staying alive) and walked up the steps. At first, it was a drag organizing the presents, as I was tired and there were MOUNTAINS of toys and an endless amount of people. I honestly don’t know how Santa does it. Anyways, I had a change of heart after this darling little girl decided to make me her best friend. She was the cutest. She had tiny braids in her hair, bright brown eyes, and wore an adorable little princess shirt. She was attached to my hip the rest of the morning while I continued to hand out presents to the families. After the party was over, as her mother was rushing her out the door, she tugged on my shirt and said, “Miss Cassi I want to give you a Christmas present.” This young girl, who I just met and had next to nothing, proceeded to hand me a beautiful beaded bracelet she had been wearing all morning. She smiled, gave me a big hug, and followed her mom out the door. Her pure, innocent, thoughtful heart inspired me. What a little angel.

Keeping this young girl in mind, I challenge you to make giving a part of your daily life, even if it may seem “inconvenient”. Spread the holiday love all year long! A small act of kindness goes a long way.

1. Try complimenting or smile at random people (don’t totally creep them out, but you get the idea)
2. When you go out, leave a larger tip than you usually would
3. Bite your tongue when someone is being nasty to you, and instead show them compassion
4. Pick a day and sign up to volunteer at a local shelter
5. Try picking a charity that you really believe in and start giving a small amount every month
6. Donate some of the nicer clothes that you have
7. Take the time to reach out to friends and family and wish them a good day

You will be surprised how good these gestures will make you feel. And remember, the gift is in the giving!

Anyways, hope you have a wonderful holiday :)

Sincerely,

Cassaundra

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