With the risk of sounding too much like a cliché, Christmas is all about giving and sharing and being a better person. But how many of us try to be a better person, at least for the sake of the holidays? Should we only work on bettering ourselves in the month of December? Why don’t you read our list of ideas for helping others around Christmas and maybe you’ll get inspired not only for the holidays, but for the rest of the year?

10. Invite People Over

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The greatest thing about Christmas is that you get to be around all the people you love, friends and family. It’s a time when you get together and truly sense the love that surrounds you and you feel blessed for it. If you do, then why not invite people you care about over to your place for a Christmas celebration. Start a tradition, be the pillar and you will feel the love for years to come.

9. Think of Animal Shelters, Too

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The animals need food, warmth and love too around Christmas, so why not consider donating some money to animal shelters? People aren’t the only ones who need help around the holidays. If you think you have nerves of steel, visit the animal shelters in your area and maybe you’ll feel the need to do the supreme act of kindness and adopt a pet. There is nothing better than a kitty to put a smile on your face on Christmas day.

8. Organize a Charity Party

Amy Adams as "Julie Powell" in Columbia Pictures' Julie & Julia.

Throw a charity party and donate the money to an organization of your choice. If you have the time and support you can go large and invite over 100 people, but if you don’t, then stick to co-workers and friends and you’ll manage to raise a pretty sum. Have a theme to get people more interested in the party.

7. Help the Homeless


You can help the homeless even if you’re not wealthy yourself. It doesn’t take much to help the person in the corner of your street: a warm blanket, a cup of hot coffee and a meal could make a world of difference to them and you won’t feel it in your wallet. Besides, even if you do, they need the money more than you do.

6. Clothes Overhaul


The holidays are the perfect time of the year to do a clothes overhaul. Pick a day when you aren’t too busy and go through all your clothes and set aside items you no longer wear or plan on wearing and donate them all to charity or give to your friends. There’s no point of them occupying all that space in your closet when there are so many people who actually need clothes in your city.

5. Scan the Newspapers


Going through local newspapers is a great idea to help you find people in need. Usually newspapers do stories of families in need around Christmas so people can help them out with money, food, clothes or medication, so if you really want to help someone in need, read a newspaper and you’re sure to find someone who will appreciate your effort. The great think about this is that you will get to see the moment they receive all the gifts and that is a truly special feeling.

4. Donate Money

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If you want to help, but you don’t have time to throw a charity party or even scan the newspapers for people who need help, you can simply select an organization and donate money to it. You have the certainty that your money will be well spent and you know that you made a difference for someone, even if you can’t put a face to the person.

3. Accept Donations Instead of Gifts


This is a great idea for helping others around Christmas! Don’t accept gifts, accept donations – tell everyone you know that instead of giving you a gift, they should make a donation under your name for charity. Or accept money and donate that to charity. Either way, you will help people in need and save you the trouble of returning some of the awful gifts you are bound to receive on Christmas day.

2. Give Food


We should be taught in school, as early as possible to give food for those who need it. If you have a roof over your head and enough food to keep you from starving, then you are better off than millions of people in the world today. We sometimes get so wrapped up in our day-to-day lives that we forget that so many people are still starving to death. Make a hot bowl of soup and give it to someone who needs it, today!

1. Volunteer


If you don’t have money, but you do have time you can volunteer and truly help someone who needs it. There are so many organizations that rely solely on volunteers, you just have to do a bit of searching to find one that fits best with your desires. Volunteering is something people should do more often!

How do you like to help others on Christmas day? Do you like to donate food or clothes or volunteer? Drop us a like and tell us your ideas for helping others around Christmas. We would love to hear about them!