Mele Kalikimaka to you and your Ohana (Family)
"Mele Kalikimaka" (pronounced [ˈmɛlɛ kəˌlikiˈmɐkə]) is a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson. The song takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase Mele Kalikimaka, meaning "Merry Christmas".
Different types of giving this Holiday Season
When my boys were much younger and complained about not having money over the Holidays to buy gifts for us, I asked them if they would write me and my husband, Kelly, a letter. There was no special topic, just a freeform letter to each of us expressing whatever they wanted to tell us and express their feelings.
It has become our favorite tradition, and I’ve kept these letters through the years. They’ve become my treasures and my favorite gifts.
While the season to shop is here, I wanted to share a reminder of the many ways in which you can give that doesn’t have you reaching for your wallet every time. Sometimes, the greatest gift is priceless. During the holiday season, many people feel pressured to spend a lot of money on gifts. However, there are plenty of ways to show love and appreciation without breaking the bank. One unique idea is to ask loved ones to write a freeform letter expressing whatever they want, which can become a cherished tradition and a meaningful gift.
Give to yourself
In addition, it's important to prioritize self-care during this busy time. Taking care of ourselves allows us to give more to others. Activities like meditation, reading a book, or getting a massage can help to reduce stress and bring peace to our minds.
We can’t give of ourselves if our cup is empty. During the time when friends and family come together for meals and events, let us first consider our health and wellness.
We touched on this in the previous blog about keeping calm during the Holidays with a bit of meditation or prayer. Whatever gives you peace and fills your soul - do it! Read a book, hike, enjoy coffee at your favorite spot, or finally book that massage appointment!
It’s also near the end of the year, so it’s the perfect time to reflect on what brought you the most joy and commit to doing more of it in the coming year.
Give to family and friends
You’ve probably heard about the, The Five Languages of Love. It’s a concept which identifies five unique ways in which people either show or express love. Words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Considering the needs and wants of the other person allows us to deepen our connections.
And connecting with friends and family during the Holidays can look as simple as spending quality time together and having a chat, or performing a simple act of service like washing the car or making a meal for a friend, cooking a meal together or offering to help with a task or writing someone a letter.
By understanding how they prefer to give and receive love, we can deepen our connections and show appreciation in a way that resonates with them.
Doesn’t that define the reason for the Season?
Give to charity
If you’re looking for a way to make an impact, then consider making a donation to a charity that supports a cause close to your heart. You can make a financial contribution directly or as a gift in honor of someone. You can also give your time by volunteering.
Here at Sati Gems Hawaii we take giving back very seriously, therefore, your purchase makes a difference, every jewelry piece sold. $1 goes to organizations that empower women and children as well as animal rescue organizations, to name a few, PAWS of Hawai, Ho’ola Na Pua is committed to the renewal of trafficked girls, I-India’s child protection program, Rishikesh Kids, and Charity Navigator can be a great resource to find a charitable cause to support. Learn more here
While there are many options, and it can get a little overwhelming, a good thing to remember is that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Start small.
Remember, the most important thing is to give from a place of love, not for love. Let's prioritize meaningful connections and acts of kindness this holiday season.
I wish you peace and joy today and always.