Welcome back to day 2 of the series “5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays!

Every day this week we are exploring a different way to celebrate Christmas. As a matter of fact, I’m turning Christmas around by suggesting ways to gift those around you with something that most likely won’t cost you a cent!

I’m proposing ways to gift those around you with acts of service (if you’re familiar with Gary Chapman’s book “The Five Love Languages“, you’ll know what I mean).

During the course of the week, we’ll help each other discover ways to serve:

Serving Others During the Holidays – Your Family

During this series "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays", we're looking at using the gift of service to bless those we love!Yesterday we talked about serving your spouse, today we’re moving on to serving the rest of your family: the kids.

Now, wait, wait, before you start in on “But I already serve them!”, let me explain. The kind of service we’re talking about today isn’t your run-of-the-mill home-maintenance stuff. We’re talking the kind of service that speaks to the heart. The kind of service that says “I like you” more than “I love you” – know what I mean?

Here are a few simple ways to get started serving your family:

  • Think quality and quantity. Set up a regular date time – and stick to it!
  • Put together a stash of his favorite drinks and/or snacks. Pull something out for an unexpected treat.
  • Write a letter, an actual pen-and-paper letter, telling them a funny story, or tale from your childhood, or how you feel about her.
  • Cover his chores during finals week.
  • How ’bout fixing her breakfast in bed?
  • Keep your eyes on the clearance rack where your kids like to shop – and pick up some jeans or a new shirt or jacket “just because”…
  • Next time he’s around on a Friday night, suggest a movie night (either at home or at the cinema) and let him pick out the show. Your treat 😉

And, of course, we’d love to hear your neat ideas in the comments – so share away! Don’t forget to check back each day this week for more ideas on giving the gift of service this Christmas…

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