The concept of social responsibility is not exclusive to the business world. It is not solely a mandate of companies. Giving back to the local community is a duty of each and every citizen. That being said, in the rest of this post, we will provide some of the things that you can do to be a socially responsible individual this holiday season.
1. Host a Party for the Less Fortunate
One of the pillars of social responsibility is sharing what you have to others who do not have much. With this, you can consider organizing a Christmas party for those who are less fortunate, such as kids who have been abandoned or abused. You can also look for nursing homes that accept people who would like to host a party for the elderly. Think of fun Christmas games for the little ones or Christmas party game ideas for seniors, depending on who you will be helping.
2. Send E-Cards and E-invites
While there is nothing that beats the joy of receiving an actual Christmas card, if you want to be socially responsible, consider an e-card as an alternative. You do not have to waste paper. It is good to consider sending Christmas party announcements in emails or use Facebook for online Christmas invitations. After all, we are living in a digitally-connected society and technology has changed the way we are celebrating the holidays.
3. Buy Local
It is also important that you become conscientious when it comes to gift-giving. With this, if you really want to be socially responsible, you should buy from local sellers. Even better, show your support to your friends by buying the products that they are selling. This is the season to support local and independent businesses. This is a simple step to help entrepreneurs who have big dreams for their businesses.
4. Prepare a Healthy Feast
For many people, Christmas is the time of the year when they cheat on their diet. It is the season of binge drinking and endless feasts. If you want to be socially responsible, however, you have to be mindful about the foods you will prepare. Research about healthy Christmas recipes, making it possible to prepare a delicious feast without being guilty. Also, consider buying your foods from local suppliers to show your support to the local community.
5. Use Eco-friendly Décor
A lot of us are probably guilty of spending too much in Christmas décor, especially considering that they are used just once a year. It will be good to make your own décor. You can have the family involved, even the kids. Use your creativity to come up with Christmas ornaments that do not have to cost an arm and a leg. Recycle what you already have in the attic. Use pinecones and evergreens as table centerpieces.
With the things that have been mentioned above, you will be able to celebrate the holidays in a manner that is socially responsible. This makes Christmas more special not just for you but for other people as well.
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