In case you haven’t been to the stores lately, I’m here to remind you that the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays are right around the corner. It seems stores couldn’t wait to get the fall decorations off the shelves and start putting out the stuff that will get them back into the “black” in their sales.
As I was counting my blessings the other night falling asleep, it dawned on me that many of you have solo parent friends/acquaintances in your lives. I have had some wonderful (and anonymous) friends bless me over the holidays, and I wanted to share some of the things they have done so perhaps it would inspire you to pay it forward to YOUR solo parent friends.
- First and foremost, pray for him/her to have a special time of celebrations with the family and financial wisdom especially during the holidays. Then send a note telling him/her that you prayed for them.
- Pray for each of his/her children to be other-centered and loving during the holiday stressful times.
- Use your groupon type coupon to order a Christmas tree online for the family. These places run great sales early in the season and even deliver the tree to the front door.
- Offer to put up the outside lights at their house, bringing all your own supplies.
- Buy and deliver an entire holiday meal.
- Ask the parent for one gift idea for each family member. Deliver them before Christmas, wrapped.
- Bring over pumpkins to decorate the outside flower beds and porch.
- Take the parent shopping for gifts for the children OR take the kids shopping for the parent.
- Deliver a basket of various gift cards to fast food restaurants and grocery stores.
- Make holiday cookies with the children.
- Help get the inside home decorations out and displayed.
- Take a family photo for them and frame it for the family OR make Christmas cards to mail (don’t forget the stamps!)
- Mail an anonymous cashiers check to the family.
- Take the children to a holiday spot for a photo then get it framed as a gift for the parent from the children.
- Offer to do some odd jobs around the house on a certain date. Ask them to have a list ready if they can.
- Pay for summer church camp for one of the children.
- Buy and deliver a fancy cooked ham or turkey.
- Anonymously leave a bag of grocery staple items on the front porch.
- Take the family with you to look at Christmas lights.
- Lastly, if you are doing it, she/he is also but without any help from a partner. Think about all the things you want/need to do over the next few weeks, then consider if you can do one of those things on your list for your single parent friend.
I hope this gives you ideas to start with. Take the ideas and mold them to your own ideas. Let me know if you have more ideas for me to add.
Have a great rest of the year!