As a child you tend to ask for the most popular toy for Christmas.
In most homes the excitement of the Season builds for weeks and seeing the kids’ faces on Christmas morning is really the very best feeling. As you get older you may wish for bigger gifts and have no concept of the sacrifices your parents go through to try and get them for you. Once you are an adult your visions of the ideal Christmas present change dramatically. I know that when I was in my early twenties and trying to make ends meet I would have rather had someone pay a bill for me instead of giving me a sweater or something that I really didn’t need. There are many young and old people that probably feel the same way. Most of us don’t really need more “stuff”, but they may need help paying the energy bills or other financial obligations. This may seem like an unusual Christmas gift but wouldn’t you rather pay to have someone’s heart left on for another month and make sure that they are comfortable and safe? Easing the financial burden for someone you care about may be the best way to say how much you care for them. Your parents, grandparents or even a close friend may be too proud to ask for this assistance but in many cases you can get an idea of their need if you pay attention to their lifestyle. You can even make an anonymous payment in many cases if you don’t want them to know that you are aware of their situation.