I recently saw a story about “The Secret Santa Club” (I urge you to go watch it!) about a teacher who uses others’ stories to teach kindness to his students. He showed them a video about a “Secret Santa,” a wealthy, anonymous man who gives out $100 bills to random strangers every year. It touched the students so much that it made them want to make the same type of impact on others’ lives as well. With their teacher’s help, they started a Secret Santa club where the students raised $8,000 without the school’s assistance. They used that money to hand out $100 bills to those in need. At the end of the video, one young girl said, “their joy, that’s the gift to you.”
The act of giving is a self-rewarding journey. In the hustle and bustle of the holiday chaos, it’s easy to forget that it’s the shared laughter, warm embraces, and the joy of making others smile that truly makes it the most wonderful time of the year. Studies reveal that the act of generosity triggers a release of endorphins, creating a sense of fulfillment that really makes you feel the true spirit of Christmas.
The essence of Christmas is not about the extravagant gifts, but in the intention behind them. In a world that often seems fast-paced, the act of giving during the holidays serves as a reminder to reflect on the important things: compassion, empathy, and the joy that comes from making a positive impact on the lives of others. So, as Christmas draws near, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas, the season of giving… and as that young girl said, “their joy, that’s the gift to you.”
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa
Have a joyous holiday.