It all started with a Facebook post in a group that I'm in poling people to see who tips or give gifts to postal workers at Christmas. The conversation that went with the pole made me think. It started very positively, as people talked about how hard postal and delivery workers work at Christmas time, getting us all of our packages. Then the negativity started, talking about how some postal workers are so unfriendly and don't deserve something extra at Christmas.
Then, someone posted a picture of a special box of goodies they leave at their door. She said she found it on Pinterest. The moment I saw this, I knew I had to get one of these as a way of spreading holiday cheer to the strangers who are bringing my family and friends their Christmas packages.
Why a Box of Goodies
People who work in our service industries often are the ones who go unappreciated. My husband works as a carpenter. He many times is in people's homes. His days are long, filled with tedious work, and often stressful. He wants to do his very best, so the homeowner is happy because he expects the same for his own home. When a homeowner takes the time to offer him a cup of coffee or gives him a tip, his whole day turns around, because someone noticed his hard work. He doesn't work in a tip based industry, so it's something unexpected.
Our delivery workers want to stay on their route as much as possible. The faster they finish the route, the faster they get home. At Christmas time, many of our postal workers run their routes two times. I know mine does. He comes once in the morning with packages, and in the evening with mail. Having a way to say thank you when he brings a box is just a nice gesture to show him that I know it's hard work and I want to thank him.
I added to the idea but placing on every snack and drink, a small slip of paper inviting them to join us for worship, Christmas Eve. I know this won't affect most people. My purpose is that I want them to know that my reason for being generous is because of my celebration of Christ's birth and if they desire they can celebrate that with me. Sometimes, something as little as an act of kindness can be enough for someone to accept an invitation, even if they never see the face of the person giving the invite.
I encourage you to consider putting one of these boxes on your porch for the remainder of Christmas. Just think of the Christmas Cheer we could spread if we covered our neighborhoods with boxes of love for our delivery workers.
Files to Download
I've included the files I created for my box, in case you don't want to make one for yourself. Feel free to use.