Can you believe Easter is only a few short weeks away?
Holidays are my favorite. It doesn’t matter what holiday it is, for my family it’s a reason to gather. A reason to be together, to disconnect from our daily grind, to unwind and enjoy each other’s company, and to just be, even for a short amount of time. Holidays allow us to reflect on what’s important and be grateful in the things we have been given.
Holidays fill me up (I am a quality time girl after all). They fill my emotional, and of course, physical tank (wouldn’t be a holiday without great food), but they also allow me to fill up, almost selfishly, by serving. I love to host at my house. I love to prepare a meal, to have a clean house where people can feel welcome and comfortable, and I love designing a beautiful table setting and adding personal touches that make my guests feel valued and loved. I love to serve.
We can’t really talk about the Easter holiday without talking about serving, as the weekend itself is marked by the biggest act of service man has ever known. Now, whatever your beliefs, I think we can all agree that serving others is a good thing. It shows humility and kindness, and in acts of love, selflessness seems to be at the heart of them all. Selfishness, on the other hand, is the antithesis of love itself and you physically cannot commit an act of love out of selfishness. I truly believe the world would be so much better if we could all be a little less selfish, and a little more loving.
That being said, this holiday season, as the days are getting longer and the weather warmer, why don’t we all aim to love each other a little more. Use these weeks leading up to the holiday to prepare for guests, or if you don’t plan on having guests, brainstorm some ways to go out into the community and spread a little love. Here is a list of just some small acts of service that can really go a long way,Prepare a meal – this can be for family or guests during a get together, or even for a stranger. I often times like to try and think of families/someone in need of a break, just for one night. Bringing a simple casserole in a disposable pan can really make all the difference to someone who is struggling or really busy.
- Prepare a beautiful place setting for guests – add personalized touches like name cards, flowers/plants, or even small gifts as a way of saying I love you.
- If you are invited to spend the holiday at someone else’s home, bring a hostess gift – anything from a potted plant to nicely wrapped personalized item, letting the host/hostess know that you are appreciative of their efforts is so important.
- Offer to volunteer at a kitchen or shelter for the holiday – if you don’t have plans with loved ones or want a change of pace, try serving in a local shelter for the holiday.
- In the week leading up to Easter, collect canned goods to donate – local schools often send kids home with canned items to help feed their families during the days the kids don’t attend school. Donate a bag of your favorite non-perishable items to your local middle school to allow students to take home a little extra for the holiday weekend.
- Host an Easter egg hunt for your neighborhood or local church – this can be a fun way to not only let some kids experience Easter in a way they never have before, but also make friends! Hand out fliers or post them in local stores or mailboxes and gather eggs from friends/neighbors to fill and hide at a local park, church, or even your home.
- Simply invite friends over for coffee or dessert – host your friends at your house for ANY reason. Grab a box of Oreos at the store and put up a pot of coffee and enjoy each other’s company.