| celebrate | ways T to celebrate a merry month he holiday season begins in late November and runs through New Year’s Day. It is marked by various gatherings of friends and family, decadent foods, cocktails, traveling, and gift exchanges. The National Retail Federation says consumers will spend an average of $967 during the holiday season. However, the joy of the holidays also is about all of the memorable experiences that tend to make the season so beloved. With that in mind, here are 30 ways to make the holiday season that much more merry. 5 6 Donate money to a charity or other good cause. Encourage “pay it forward” movements in your commu- nity. Start by doing something simple like buying a coffee for a complete stranger. 1 Visit with an elderly or house- bound neighbor and share con- versation. 2 3 Donate gently used toys to a children’s hospital. Research the history of the hol- iday and share it with people you care about. 4 84 Make handmade Christmas tree ornaments. December 2018 - January 2019 Thomasville Scene 7 Feed birds facing the cold, win- ter weather. 8 Take a ride or walk around the neighborhood to look at deco- rated houses. 9 Make a fire in a fire pit in the yard and toast marshmallows while sipping hot chocolate. 10 Binge watch holiday mov- ies.