12 Days of Christmas Aloha: Day 8

22 Dec

On the eighth day of Christmas Aloha, I made ornaments for the kids in my neighborhood.

While cleaning out my home office, I found leftover holiday craft supplies. I had learned how to make snowmen and Rudolph heads back when I worked with the elderly.

So, on the eighth day of Christmas Aloha, I made them for kids within two blocks of my house. Even though I was worried no one would open their doors to let their children pick one out, they were gone within five house visits! The kids were so excited! They especially loved the gems I used to make rosey cheeks.

When you create with your hands, you help:

πŸŽ„Teach a child it's good to give more than to receive

πŸŽ„ Build community and create friendships

πŸŽ„ Reduce stress

πŸŽ„ Relieve depression and anxiety

πŸŽ„ Build self-esteem and self-worthπŸŽ„ Slow memory loss

πŸŽ„ Reduce insomnia, irritability and restlessness

πŸŽ„ Process grief

When you make something for someone else, it might be crafted with your hands, but it comes from your heart. Consider making something for someone today:

πŸͺ Bake cookies, cupcakes or pies

🍝 Cook a meal

βœ‚ Sew, knit, or craft

πŸ›  Carve something out of wood

🎨 Paint a picture

πŸŽ₯ Make a video/film

πŸ“· Create a photo album

πŸ’ Arrange a bouquet

πŸ–‹ Write a poem

🎼 Perform a song

*For the 12 days of Christmas Aloha, I'm using the 12 days before Christmas to inspire people to be more loving, kind, and compassionate with themselves and each other. Practicing aloha optimizes your mental health by cultivating a positive mindset and building self-worth, self-esteem, courage, and confidence!

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