The holiday season, for our family, is synonymous with a tradition that’s not just about gifts, but about giving in the truest sense. It’s a practice we’ve cherished for years, known as “10 Envelopes,” which brings us closer as a family and spreads joy in unexpected ways.
The Essence of 10 Envelopes: A Heartwarming Holiday Tradition
This beautiful tradition involves writing heartfelt letters and placing them, along with a small token of kindness, into ten envelopes. These are then gifted to strangers, creating moments of unexpected joy and connection during the holiday season. It’s a practice that started as a challenge for us, especially for our children, but has since evolved into a journey of heartwarming encounters and life-changing experiences.
Overcoming Initial Hesitations: The Journey Begins
Initially, our family, particularly the kids, found it uncomfortable to approach strangers. However, we discovered that starting with simple greetings and giving envelopes only to those we genuinely connected with, made the process more meaningful and less daunting.
A Story of Kindness and Connection: The Airline Mishap
One unforgettable incident involved a travel mishap and an airline worker who had previously received one of our envelopes. The compassion and kindness they showed in return highlighted the profound impact such small acts of generosity can have.
The Impact of Personal Touch: Why Handwritten Letters Matter
In the digital age, the personal touch of a handwritten letter can have an immense impact. Each letter we write is unique, tailored to the recipient, and conveys a message of universal love and appreciation. This personal approach has often led to emotional and gratifying interactions.
Expanding the Holiday Tradition: 10 Envelopes Across States
Our tradition has grown over the years. Now, with our children married and living in different states, coordinating this practice has become a delightful challenge, proving that distance and changes in life circumstances can’t dampen the spirit of giving.
Maximizing the Impact of Your 10 Envelopes: Top Tips
To make the most out of your 10 Envelopes holiday tradition, here are some key tips to ensure a smooth and meaningful experience:
- Plan Ahead: Decide on locations or groups you wish to visit in advance.
- Personalize Your Letters: Tailor each letter to convey a heartfelt message.
- Involve the Family: Make it a group activity, allowing everyone to contribute.
- Set a Budget: Determine what you can afford to include as gifts.
- Embrace Flexibility: Be open to changing plans based on circumstances.
- Seek Genuine Connections: Choose recipients who resonate with you.
- Respect Privacy: Discreetly hand over the envelopes without drawing unnecessary attention.
- Capture the Moment: Consider keeping a record of your experiences to share later.
- Reflect on the Experience: Take time afterwards to discuss the impact with your family.
- Spread the Word: Encourage others to join the tradition using #10Envelopes.
Your Turn to Spread Kindness
We wrap up this tradition every year with a sense of fulfillment and a renewed appreciation for the power of kindness. This year, we invite you to create your own version of this tradition. It doesn’t have to be grand; even a small gesture can spark a big difference.
Join the Tradition and Share Your Story 💌
We’d love to hear how you’ve adopted this tradition in your own unique way. Share your stories and experiences with us by using the hashtag #10Envelopes on social media.
🎧 Listen to episode #1044 of The Chalene Show for more insights into our family tradition: My Family’s Holiday Tradition – 10 Envelopes.
Or, watch the heartwarming journey on YouTube: 10 Envelopes Tradition.
Embark on this journey of kindness, and let’s make this holiday season a memorable one for not just ourselves, but for those around us. Spread the joy!