The Spirit of the Holidays

This holiday season as you take in the light shows, spend time with family or just savor some relaxing time away from work, take a moment to reflect on the generosity that pours out this time of year. This spirit of giving leads to wonderful clothing drives, a hearty dinner for those in need, or fundraising campaigns for a multitude of worthy causes. This year, our office collected dozens of presents for clients and friends at the Mary Agnes Manor, an assisted living facility in Buffalo. Countless other organizations – more than I could list here, but you know who you are – freely gave their hard-earned money to spread some holiday cheer.

Don’t forget, however, that you can give a memorable gift without opening your wallet. Your time can be more valuable than an anonymous donation. Spending time with family, especially those who have moved out of their home and into a skilled nursing facility or hospital room, is often the best gift you can give. Don’t forget about your friends and neighbors, who might be more alone than you realize. Your presence is presents enough (even if that is a groan-worthy pun).

So whether you’re watching It’s A Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol, or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation this week (I’ll be trying to convince friends that Die Hard really is a Christmas movie), try and set aside some time to entertain the people in your life that deserve a little extra attention. A gift as small as a few minutes of your time can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas sums it up pretty well:

“He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!

Get in the spirit of the holiday season – whether or not you celebrate Christmas – by giving your time to others. 

-Chris Szczygiel


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