10 Free Gifts You Can Give to Boost the Christmas Spirit

Sunday – December 14

Look for people who need a hug, especially widows. The human touch can heal broken spirits.

Daughter hugging her mother and smiling to her.

Monday – December 15

Grab those extra coupons in Sunday’s paper. If you don’t get the Sunday paper, stop by your local library. Most are happy to share the coupons from the daily/weekly papers. Take those coupons to the grocery and tape the appropriate coupon onto the products in the store. Someone will leave the store with extra money in their pocket. It’s an easy way to be Secret Santa.

Beautiful Latina Woman at table in Kitchen with Coupons

Tuesday – December 16

Stop by the nursing home and ask the nurse on duty who could be cheered by a visit. Offer to sing Christmas carols. It doesn’t matter if you can’t carry a tune. End the visit with a prayer.


Wednesday – December 17

When it’s your turn at the check-out counter, let the person behind you go first.


Customers Standing In Line At Checkout Counter In Supermarket

Thursday – December 18

Think of those adults from your childhood who made a difference in your life, perhaps a teacher or Sunday-School teacher and write them an email or note to thank them. Few things cheer me as much as a card from one of my Sunday-School students who are now adults.

thank you

Friday – December 19

When traffic is heavy, look for others trying to get out of parking lots. Yield and let them out and send them on their way with a happy wave.

waive_trafficSaturday – December 20

As you finish your last minute shopping, be on the lookout for elderly or handicapped shoppers that might needs assistance.


Sunday – December 21

Call an old friend this afternoon just to catch up and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Senior Woman Enjoying Hot Drink Whilst On PhoneMonday – December 22

Scan your email contact list and find someone who might enjoy a note of encouragement. Include a special memory of the two of you together.

old man in eyeglasses working with laptop at homeTuesday – December 23

Think of those you’ve touched within the past ten days of giving. Lift up their names in prayer in secret. Pray for God’s blessings on them.

Stressed young housewife in living room

Wednesday – December 24

Reflect on the gifts you gave through the past ten days that did not cost you a penny and you will discover you gave yourself a precious gift, the feeling of peace and goodwill towards all.


Merry Christmas!



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About shelia@sheliastovall.com

Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

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