Do you do "good deeds" during the holiday season because you feel compelled to?

United States
November 8, 2011 1:57pm CST
November and December (especially December) is the time for giving. I think it is rather hypocritical and puts pressure on people to do things because "tis the season to do so" Hoestly, how often do you donate new toys and buy large portions of food for poor families or even volenteer times with the homeless, low income, elderly, sick ect throughtout the rest of the year? Would you be doing the same thing if it were May or even late October? I'm sure that many of you do. Some of you probably do this daily. However I'm also fairly certian alot of you normally don't (btw I use "you" in the generalized sense I'm not saying this to anyone directly.) and I'm not saying anything bad about people who don't do "good deeds" throughtout the rest of the year, there's nothing wrong with it. There's nothing wrong with someone who never donates to anyone no matter what time of year. My point is that the "Holliday Season" makes it seem like it's our duty as humans. I'm not saying I'm Hollier-than-thou beacause I don't do things like this very often. But I actually choose not to in November or December because I don't like doing things because I feel like society is telling me I HAVE TO do them. Let the verbal bashing commennce
2 responses
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
8 Nov 11
I don't see the need in doing good deeds just because of Christmas or any other celebration day. A good deed should be done because you are willing to at that moment or to that person. I think it's hypocryte if you only do that because others do so or say you have to. There are so many good deeds you can do, each day of your life, no matter if they are small of big. The only thing that counts is that you are really doing it out of your heart.
• United States
9 Nov 11
Exactly. I honestly don't "do good deeds" very often. I do it randomly
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
10 Nov 11
It does seem to be more convenient to do them during those times. Be that as it may however, I try to do good deeds more often. However, it is easier to get caught up in the holiday spirit and do said good deeds even more. I think that there is just that extra nudge, as often times, we are buried under our own pressures, that we lose sight of the fact that others are suffering in the world and there are in fact people more miserable than us. Still when Christmas happens, I think that many of our eyes are opened for the right reasons. Granted, I think that some people commit good deeds during Christmas for all of the wrong reasons, to make themselves look better. But what are you going to do. There are going to be people always in love with their public images. I think that there are many times where corporations for instance do good deeds, where they couldn't really care about the common people the other ten months or so of the year. So yeah, I think that it does remind us in some ways, but in other cases, people do it for their own selfish reasons.