23 simple ways to make Christmas a little merrier for those around you

Because we can all use more kindness.

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  • There is a special feeling of love and peace in the air this time of year — the spirit of Christmas.

  • If you are looking for a few ways to spread some love to others as Christmas gets closer, here are a few ideas that are simple, yet have a profound impact on those you serve.

  • 1. Bring cookies to a neighbor

  • 2. Donate to a coat drive

  • 3. Surprise a friend or family member with something you know they'll love

  • 4. Pay for someone else's meal

  • 5. Give a sincere compliment

  • 6. Bring a family member home their favorite snack

  • 7. Cover a co-worker's shift

  • 8. Write a heartfelt note to someone letting them know why you appreciate them

  • 9. Make dinner for someone else

  • 10. Call a family member or friend you haven't talked to in a while to let them know you're thinking of them

  • 11. Donate to a fundraiser or charity

  • 12. Pray for someone you know who is going through a rough time

  • 13. Help someone put up Christmas lights (and then help them take them down if they need it!)

  • 14. Buy some groceries for (or give grocery money to) someone who could use the help

  • 15. Offer an apology where one is needed

  • 16. If someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward to someone else instead

  • 17. Instead of gossiping, look for the good in others, and say nice things about them

  • 18. Give extra coupons to other people shopping

  • 19. Teach someone a skill you know

  • 20. Forgive someone

  • 21. Genuinely thank someone who has been kind to you

  • 22. Help someone find the positive

  • 23. Leave an extra tip for someone

  • This world can be a cruel place sometimes. Give some of these a try to help the good shine a little brighter. Merry Christmas!

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Kelsi graduated with a journalism degree and is passionate about the written word and the power it has to bring more good into the world.

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