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The holidays are (mostly) a time of happiness when we join together and celebrate with friends and family, but it can also be a lonely and isolated time for those who don't have anyone around.
This year we wanted to support our friends at Age UK to spread the message, and a little festive cheer along the way, by reaching out around the world to others over the holidays.
5 ways that you can reach out:
1. Make time to see someone
While we’re not suggesting that you try and visit all your friends and family members before the holidays (after all, there could be lots of them or they could live on the other side of the world!) but make time for those you care about but might not see often. Spending even just a little bit of time with someone you know or love over the holidays is one of the most important gifts you can give.
2. Give someone a call
We know the holidays can be a very busy time for everyone, and while it’s not always easy to visit someone in person, a phone call is just as good a gesture to let them know you’re thinking of them.
3. Offer to help
It isn’t a cheerful time for everyone, and some people might be suffering from stress, illness or loneliness. Offering to help someone, however small, whether it’s making a cup of tea or helping to carry a heavy bag, can brighten up someone’s day.
4. Volunteer or donate
Try helping those outside your family and give your time during the holidays by volunteering at a care home, food shelter or homeless shelter. You can also help by donating money, clothes or food to charities or by doing your shopping at a charity shop.
5. Send a card or a thoughtful gift
This is one of the most traditional ways to make someone feel valued, knowing that you have taken the time to send something personal. It doesn’t have to be the biggest or most expensive gift either, some of the most cherished gifts are usually handmade. For a unique gift idea, why not bake something for someone? We’ve got a tasty recipe from The Lodge to help get you started!
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