“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more…”
— Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December is always a rough month for me – Christmas magic is hard enough to produce without the stress of celebrating with strained family relations and various other non-holiday malarky, such as my husband’s annual week-long business trip and end-of-semester drama with school, but such is my lot. I always need a big whack of spirit to get me through, so I lean heavily on the story of the Grinch, who starts out crabby as balls but finally gets his shit together and is able to celebrate with his Whos, to motivate me. With my actual house being in order but the world in general being all higgledy-piggledy this year, I want that whack of spirit to be focused outside the hibernaculum so I can better the wider radius of my little patch – keeping things local, but not pinpoint focused.
That’s why I’m really jazzed to have found Seusville’s 25 Days of Grinchmas. This program, set up in cooperation between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books, will donate $1 to Feeding America for every good deed posted on social media with the hashtag #GrowYourHeart. I usually donate this amount to charity at this time of year anyway, but now I get to double my money and start spending kindness out again in a fun way. Win for everyone!
Starting this week, I’ll be keeping track of acts of kindness I perform on the Imperfectly Adequate Facebook page, hashtag and all (despite my hatred of hashtags). I encourage you guys to do the same on your own feeds, if you’re so inclined. I’ll post a weekly list of my doings here on the blog as well. Together, maybe we can feed some hungry folks and make our little sphere of influence a little brighter this month in spite of the rampant chicanery the world’s generating at the moment. 🙂
If you need ideas for small acts of kindness, check out this Kindness Calendar at Action for Happiness. Some of the prompts do involve spending a little cash, but if you are financially strapped this year, there are still plenty of ideas that you can achieve with time and talent, but not treasure.
Here’s hoping we can make the world a little brighter place this year, my Grinches!