Twelve Days of Giving

First Gen American suggested a writing experiment – an embellishment on the 12 days of Christmas. So, here I am…writing away…

Remember the lines of 12 Days of Christmas? Of course you do. These are my favorite lines :

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me…

Isn’t it a great idea to give, send, bring a loved one, a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or even a stranger something every day like in the 12 days of Christmas?

To really embrace a selfless spirit of Christmas, try doing the following:

Day 1: I love shopping. But you already know it. It wouldn’t be me not to recommend shopping. So, go shopping! Just make sure to use and you will be helping charities around the world.

Day 2: If you are a blogger, a writer… just like me, you sometimes run out of ideas or words! Build your vocabularywith and for every word you get right, the World Food Programme donates 10 grains of rice to end hunger.

Day 3: Enough already of spending all this precious time on the Internet! Turn off your computer and renew your old friendship with someone you have not talked to for a long time.

Day 4: If you cannot live without the Internet, then do at least something different. Befriend your favorite charity on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.

Day 5: Think about great causes and donate to Yakezie Scholarship Fund.

Day 6: Are you an animal lover? Think about animals in your local animal shelter and donate something to it. You can give food, toys, money, your labor… anything!

Day 7: Don’t be too frugal (oh… me and frugality!). Tip generously this Holiday season. Tip extra to your barber, your paperboy, your limo driver…?

Day 8: Hair getting too long? Get a haircut and sign up to donate your hair at

Day 9: You don’t like homeless people because they scare you. You don’t trust them. You suspiciously watch them riding on a bike while talking on an I-Phone. I am with you! But we still can bring canned food to a local homeless shelter.

Day 10: Do you suspect that your gifts are usually being re-gifted? I hope not. But just in case, make a change this year and don’t buy them. How about handmade gifts? Give your chocolate crazed co-worker a homemade hot fudge! Give it to me, I wouldn’t re-gift it!

Day 11: If you do need to buy a gift card, buy it at and whoever gets it will be able to redeem this gift card for a great cause at almost any charity around the world.

Day 12: Have something to share, to teach, to pass on to the next generation? Go to and become a mentor to a child age 6 to 18 in your area.

And please remember The Grinch:

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

15 thoughts on “Twelve Days of Giving

  1. First Gen American

    I love it. I sent advent calendars to a bunch of folks this year so that they could celebrate all month long with a chocolate a day from one of my favorite chocolate stores.

    It’s nice to slow down, give and celebrate this time of year. I love many of your ideas. I still need to get my butt over to the yakezie and donate a few bucks as well. Thanks for the kick in the pants.

  2. Invest It Wisely

    Nice, and I love that you also mentioned the Yakezie scholarship. Very generous of you! This might be my favorite song.

  3. Everyday Tips

    Great post. I need to go to because I have been looking for something like that.

    Your blog theme is more altruistic than mine. (My post goes up on Friday…)

  4. Jessica07

    Yes, absolutely check out! Good mention, Aloysa. When we have family gatherings, it is now a tradition to hop onto the site for about 20 minutes. It’s always a lot of fun to see who knows what.

    1. Aloysa

      It is a lot of fun! You did surprise me when you said you go to freerice. I don’t know anyone else who is doing it.

  5. Christa

    I’m working on being more charitable and frugal this year, and I love all of your ideas — great post!

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