Even if Christmas is not your holiday, don't you sometimes feel a little spirit of giving creeping in at this time of year? Would you like to give something to someone you care about--especially if it didn't involve crowds, traffic, and possible mayhem in stores? Or maxing out your charge card. May I suggest:
Take a bowl of fresh raspberries to a neighbor you've met but never really got to know.
Send two (2) greetings to people whose birthday is at Christmas.
Buy a bunch of those tickets at check-out that contribute to meals for less fortunate families in the area.
Use your best letter paper or best season's greetings cards and send your favorite doctors a thank-you note for all those times they returned your call when they needed to go home to their families.
Give the mailman a break and mail things after the 25th. There are, after all, twelve days of Christmas.
Call somebody you haven't talked to in years. Maybe they're waiting to hear from you, especially if there was a misunderstanding way too long ago.
Even if you're busy, call boring Aunt Sofronia and let her talk for a few minutes. You can always set the oven timer for ten or fifteen and tell her something's burning.
Send some grown-up a toy or a cartoon he might like.
Apologize to somebody even if it's not your fault. Even if they started it. Doesn't count if you don't really mean it.
Give everyone you care about a gift by writing to tell them you want to spend more years with them, so you're giving up smoking, or you actually signed up for their gym and want to hitch a ride with them, or you walked a mile today. Doesn't count if you don't really mean it.
Happy New Year!