"WE ARE SO LUCKY to be alive. We are so lucky to be able to help each other, in little ways, and in big ways. The reason we are lucky is because helping each other is, in fact, what makes us happy." - Kate ("Last Christmas" movie)
On the 12th day of Christmas Aloha, I sent holiday bouquets to a senior living community.
While working with the elderly, I learned what makes people happy. I learned that no matter our age, gender, race, religion, vocation, or personal history, we all want to be loved, heard, understood, remembered, and to feel like we matter. And, something that made every resident feel this way was receiving flowers! Flowers were living things that made each resident feel a little less lonely and showed that someone was thinking of them.
I also learned that helping others feel loved, heard, and understood is what made ME happy. So, for my 12th and final day of Christmas Aloha, I made bouquets for the residents I used to work with.
To make this endeavor budget-friendly, I used materials I already had in stock and even cut branches from my own tree for extra greenery. So, I only had to buy flowers. (Costco flowers has the best deals.)
I love, love, love making floral bouquets. It was one of my favorite activities to do with my residents. So, I was in an especially good mood to make them individually for 12 residents.
Then, on Christmas Day, my four cute elves (stepsons, husband, and dog) delivered my creations. It was my favorite act of aloha this holiday season. And, doing the 12 Days of Christmas Aloha helped me make it through our first holiday season without our beloved dog, Hutchie, who died just before Thanksgiving. Thank you for reading!
* I used the 12 days leading up to Christmas to inspire people to be more loving, kind, and compassionate with themselves and each other. But, every day is a good day to practice aloha.