It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I have always adored Christmas since my childhood. As a kid I was very eager to know the story behind its celebration. Reading about Lord Jesus Christ and his love for God and all of humanity and his spirit of forgiveness have always inspired me. His love and forgiveness was so pure so much so that even when he was crucified some of his last statements were:
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
— Luke 23:34
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
— Luke 23:46
Said that what better ways to celebrate Christmas other than being grateful for the divine and all that he does for us and celebrating with a spirit of service and devotion.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
The idea of celebrating festival with gratitude and service came from Swamiji’s post.
Some extracts from the post:
“Whenever your existence benefits others, even one person, you have a reason to celebrate. Whatever be the occasion, my preferred method of celebration is to be of some help, some use to those who need it. And that has been my style ever since I can recall. “
“Gratitude is one of the greatest ways of celebration that I know of. Observing an occasion is merely a social excuse. When you are grateful, every day becomes a celebration. “
Last year I found some ideas from Pinterest called “Christmas Kindness Advent Calender”. So in this you do each day a Random act of kindness till 25th of December. So here’s a list of 25 random acts of kindness that you can start from today till Christmas (day after Christmas, original idea was to publish it yesterday but I couldn’t complete this post).
🎄Day 1: Share a verse from Bible with your friends and family.
🎄Day 2: Feed the stray.
🎄Day 3:Donate food.
🎄Day 4:Do a chore for someone.
🎄 Day 5:Make someone smile or laugh
🎄Day 6:Give someone a nice compliment
🎄Day 7: Feed the birds.
🎄Day 8:Donate for a cause
🎄Day 9:Tip generously
🎄Day 10: Donate old clothes
🎄Day 11: Make a handmade card for a friend or neighbour.
🎄Day 12: Distribute some hot drinks to workers
🎄Day 13:Smile to everyone you see
🎄Day 14: Hand out blankets to homeless
🎄 Day 15: Drop a positive comment on someone’s blog post. Appreciating how much you like their posts.
🎄Day 16: Send a thank you note to someone who have helped you or write down reasons you are grateful for someone and send it to them
🎄Day 17: Make homemade gifts for your parents or loved ones
🎄Day 18: Give a book or homemade edibles (cookie or cakes) or a plant or candles to your friends or neighbour
🎄Day 19: Be kind and compassionate and use your best manners all day
🎄Day 20: Give a tight hug to someone you love and tell them how grateful you are for their presence
🎄Day 21: Call your parents or your siblings or friends and tell them you love them and grateful for them
🎄Day 22: Share a Christmas story with friends, family or little kids.
🎄Day 23: Volunteer at food bank or any other place or Visit an orphanage or old age home or distribute goodies to homeless.
🎄Day 24: Give surprise gift to someone
🎄Day 25:Read about birth of Jesus from Bible. Be grateful for his love and kindness. Sing Christmas carol. Share homemade cake and cookies with friends and family. Have a merry Christmas 🎄☃️.
Now most of us here are already using black lotus and doing Raks. So this list of RAKs was only to bring a little holiday spirit. If incase you are not able to do these particular Raks do any Raks thats more suitable for you.
Thank you for reading.
Jay Shri Radhe Shyam 🙏