A few of my family members have asked recently what I wanted for Christmas/Chanukah this year and I’ve really struggled to come up with an answer. I don’t have a list. There aren’t any clothes I’m dying to have. I don’t need any kitchen gadgets or electronics or other toys. Frankly right now, this holiday season, I am genuinely as content as I have ever been in my life.
Sure, we have our struggles and our wants. Our finances are bordering on terrible and we’ve got all eyes on our checking account and bills this month while we wait for the next batch of student loans to rescue us in January. But we know that truly we are blessed and it would be crazy not to realize that above all else. We are not wanting for anything and it almost seems silly to ask for presents.
And it was from this remembrance of our great fortune I was reminded of the spirit of this holiday season. It’s not about gifts or wrapping paper, it’s about giving, and that’s exactly what I want to do. I realize that finances are tight this year for all of us, and so when I sat down to think about ways to give back to other pregnant women and families with infants, I tried to cover giving of all kinds. Giving doesn’t have to mean money, in fact, some of the most meaningful giving can include no exchange of money at all.
I hope that some of you will join me in giving to families in need this holiday season. And please, if you have other suggestions, leave them in the comment sections. The more ideas the merrier. But the following are my top 6 ideas for ways to give back to pregnant women and families with infants this holiday season.