Love and the Holidays: Expression Yourself

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David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Holidays are a time for family and friends to forget their differences and enjoy each other’s company. A time for joy and happiness. A time to get together with those you love or want to get to know better.
A time of year when people express how much they care in many ways: giving gifts, volunteering their time, and showing appreciation in countless other ways. Here are some of them:

Sending Gifts

Everyone loves receiving a gift, but the best gifts come from the heart. So think of something that will make your loved ones happy and put some effort into it. It’s better to give than receive, after all. A door-to-door delivery service that brings joy and happiness to all is no longer an idea out of reach. This holiday season, give your loved ones the gift they deserve. Here are some suggestions:
Flowers can brighten anyone’s day no matter what happens. They’re also great for anniversaries and birthdays.

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A fruit basket is an excellent choice for a grandparent who loves healthy snacks or a friend going on a diet.
If you have kids, toys are always a safe bet for everyone. Plus, they’re perfectly sized to be taken on trips or to share with friends’ children.

A holiday-themed gift basket with baked goods and hot chocolate is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Just make sure you keep it away from the dog or any other pets you might have.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

There are so many ways we can show love through giving: spending time with those who matter most, volunteering our time, helping out with chores around the house, or even doing all of that at once.

The true spirit of giving shows through when others are in need. There are many ways to lend a hand throughout the season, especially if you’re not where you’d like to be yourself. Whether it’s making food for the homeless, collecting winter coats for those in need, or donating to charities, you can brighten someone else’s day.

Volunteering Time

Spreading holiday cheer doesn’t need to be limited to December: we should show love and appreciation throughout the year. There are plenty of ways we can give back and help others: making sandwiches for the homeless every week, volunteering at a food pantry every weekend, or even spending time with those who are less fortunate.

No matter how much or how little time you have, there are countless ways to give back and show the people in your life that you care. It doesn’t need to be an expensive gesture; even volunteering five hours of your time can make a huge difference.

Helping Out with the Household Chores

One of the best ways to show our love is by pitching in around the house. Whether it’s cooking dinner for your family, taking out the garbage, or helping to do the dishes, making someone’s life a little easier makes you a hero.

For those who prefer to take care of themselves and maintain their independence, there are still many ways to show that you care. Whether it’s keeping the house clutter-free, keeping an eye on the mail while your loved one is away, or simply watering their plants, there are many things we can do without even trying.

Showing Appreciation Around the House

Anybody who’s ever lived with someone knows how important it is for everyone to maintain a positive, loving environment. Here are some quick, easy ways you can show your family or roommates that you care:

Clean up after yourself. Many of us have trouble picking up our own messes, so it’s the thought that counts when others clean up for us.

Make sure everyone is heard. People are more likely to listen if you make your thoughts and opinions known, even if they disagree.

Be patient. Everyone has bad days, but the best way to show someone that you care is by being understanding and supportive of them during the good days too.

Showing Love through Spending Time with Those We Care About

It’s hard to beat the feeling of being in love, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have meaningful relationships with others. Simply dedicating time to our friends and family brings us closer together and allows us to appreciate one another’s company.

No matter how busy your schedule might be, you can always find time for the important people in your life. Follow this guide, and you will have wonderful relationships with those you love not only this holiday season but for the rest of your life.

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