The Holiday Season is approaching – it is time to share wishes, spread positive energy and enjoy the feeling of warmth and togetherness with those who matter the most.
As we easily get caught up in holiday preparations like decorating the house, shopping for gifts and cooking, not many remember that apart from observing numerous religious celebrations, December also marks the Universal Human Rights Month.
In that spirit, we would like to take a moment to remember the basic human rights of each and every one of us. It’s time to reflect on the way we treat ourselves and others and to take another little step that takes us forward in the fight for equality.
Below you will find several ideas on how to celebrate this year’s holiday season a little different and, at the same time, honour the Universal Human Rights Month.
- Read the International Bill of Human Rights
While for many of us reading international treaties might not be the most common holiday activity, knowing your rights is essential at any time of the year. Only by recognising and understanding your rights and freedoms, you can fully protect them – for yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else. It is also a way to honour the work of those who brought them into existence and celebrate how far we have come.
- Do some volunteering
Holidays are the time of giving and helping others. Why not celebrate it by doing some volunteer work? Despite the season getting very busy for many of us, few things can bring as much satisfaction as selflessly helping those in need. Organisations such as Amnesty International, Red Cross, Save the Children or Oxfam look for volunteers all year round. Do your part to raise awareness and help protect others.
- Give back to your community
Find a way to help those in your own community who are less fortunate. After all, the best way to start changing the world is to start locally. Maybe you can offer some of your time to a local homeless shelter or a soup kitchen? Maybe you could think of someone who would be happy to receive the extra food left after your family dinner? Or maybe this year you could donate your children’s forgotten toys to a local child care facility?
Think about what you can do to make this holiday season a little nicer for those around you. We know we will! And we wish you and everyone around you that these days be full of peace, love and joy.