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Spread Kindness During this Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s reminded me that we sometimes let things get the best of us — whether it’s a barista who didn’t make your peppermint mocha right, or the store running out of the perfect gift you wanted to purchase. Regardless, it’s important to remember that the holidays are not only about materialistic things, but also about remembering to be a good human being. It’s sometimes easy to forget, because people get so caught up in hosting the perfect Christmas or holiday party, but it’s nice to take a step back and look at circumstances from a bigger perspective.

One way to express kindness is being thankful for gifts that others have gotten you, no matter what it is (unless it’s coal!). Often, we get carried away with aspects such as prices, and aren’t as happy with what we’ve gotten. However, we fail to realize that some may be struggling to make ends meet, and maybe that was all they could afford. The holidays are not only about gifts, although I do love receiving them — it’s also about thankfulness.

The holidays are a wonderful time, and many look forward to these months every year. Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that this time of year is tough for some. People could be missing family or friends, or don’t have anyone to celebrate with. To include more kindness in your holiday, you could invite someone who may not have somewhere to go. If a friend, coworker, workout buddy, or anyone else you know happens to be spending the holidays alone, it might be a great idea to invite them. Of course, this is only if you’re comfortable, and if they’d like to partake in your event. I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other holidays around this time of year, but it’s still great to be included.

Many families, including mine, have adopted some of these traditions from a non-religious point of view. Many people have Christmas day off, and have started to create their own unique celebrations. In my family, we get together with family and friends, share amazing food, and have a day filled with laughter and love. Remembering not to judge how people celebrate is also a great way to show your kindness. If your Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, or any other friend shares that they’re celebrating Christmas or doing Christmas activities, that is okay. The holidays are about spreading love, joy, and positivity.

This year, like the last, is different due to the world’s current situation — that’s why it’s extra important to be kind this holiday season. Spread laughter, positivity, and try to be more patient with everyone around you. This holiday season will be extra special for many, because of all the unfortunate events that have happened in the past year. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and friends, and I hope you are too. Happy Holidays!

I am student at the University of Waterloo who is passionate about fashion, painting, social justice issues and more.
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