The holidays are supposed to be filled with fun and cheer, and a great way to ensure that everyone in your neighborhood is enjoying the holiday spirit, you need to make sure that you are spreading holiday cheer, and the following are fun ways to do so.
Pass out homemade cookies.
Spend a day whipping up some of your favorite holiday cookies, then put them on a nice holiday plate (but one you don’t want to get back) and start leaving them on the doorsteps of your neighbors (with a nice note of course). You’ll also want to be sure that you drop some off at local businesses, especially your police and fire stations, as this will surely get more people in the holiday mood.
Have a holiday party.
Get all of your neighbors together and invite them over for a fun holiday soiree. They’ll be super excited to enjoy each other’s company, and it can help put any Scrooges into a festive mood. Plus, this gives you a chance to see everyone now that it’s colder out and not much time is being spent outside.
Grab a group of friends who are willing to sing in public and go door to door belting out your favorite holiday tunes. You may get a door or two slammed in your face, but you will also come across people who think that your caroling is truly amazing, and they will feel a sense of holiday cheer just because of you.
The holidays are about giving, and it’s very important to use this time to teach others about the importance of giving. Make sure that you always have change on you so that you can donate it to the red buckets and any other charity that is out there. You should also use this time to go through your home and your closets to find old clothes, shoes, appliances and toys that you no longer need and donate them to a charity to help those in need. If you do this with your family, it’s a great way to teach children about the importance of giving.
Decorate your house.
You may not be Clark Griswold, but you can still put up some pretty decorations and bring cheer to those in your neighborhood. Spend a day putting lights up all over your house, both inside and out. Your decorations may just inspire one of your neighbors to do the same, and you may end up with a block of neighbors with decorated houses.
There are plenty of charities and non profit organizations that are in need of volunteers, such as homeless shelters, and this is a great way to spread cheer. Not only will they be thankful at your generosity, but you will also feel better about yourself. Plus, you may inspire others to volunteer too, and this can spread more cheer around the neighborhood.
Caroline Jones is a freelance writer. She enjoys writing about exciting family activities and recently wrote about fun gifts and activities for the holiday season.