MTL Christmas - Page 67

Tis the Season to be Jolly 5 Ways to Spread Good Cheer Looking for ways to keep the “merry” in Christmas? Here are five ways to brighten the holidays for yourself, your family and people around you and throughout the world. 1 2 3 by Darlene Franklin that address worldwide needs, such as Samaritan’s Purse, Compassion International, Food for the Hungry and World Vision. Choose the outreach that is right for you. At home, at work, in the store, keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Go ahead and wish people a hearty ““Merry Merry Christmas.” Sing, hum or whistle your favorite carols. Your joy will be contagious. 5 Share Christmas cooking. Merry Christmas to all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep Christmas on your lips. Make a traditional family dish. Decorate cookies with your children and host a cookie party. Serve hot cocoa and candy ccanes anes with visitors. Good food encourages conversation. Keep it simple. Doing everything on this list, along with the many parties and performances of the Christmas season, may overwhelm you. Consider C onsider downsizing decorations, gift-giving or outings. Do what is right for you, and keep it simple. Choose an individual or family project. In every community live people in need of a stranger’s touch at Christmas: children’s homes, nursing homes, hospitals, prisons. p risons. Another group are servicemen overseas. Share a personal touch with your gift, whether homemade or purchased. Your presence will make a greater difference than what you bring. 4 Participate in a group outreach. Schools, churches, businesses often encourage group giving. They may accumulate items for a food bank, put together care packages p ackages of practical items, put names of needy children on a Christmas tree. Another possibility is national organizations For more from Darlene Franklin, check out A Texas Christmas on mtlbookstore.com www.mtlmagazine.com / MTL Magazine 67