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In a busy world, it’s important to show your friends you’re thankful for them. During the holidays, much of the focus is on family, but for many people their friends are just as important. Thanksgiving is a good time to plan acts of love and show those you care about how much you appreciate their impact on your life.

Let Them Know They’re a Priority

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During the holidays, your time is your most precious commodity. You feel pressure to cook and serve the perfect meal, find the perfect gifts, and make time for everybody’s holiday celebrations. When you are feeling overwhelmed, it is important to reset and reflect on what is truly important this season: love and faith. Celebrating these virtues together is what makes this a special time of year.

Take time out of your day to send your friends a quick text to ask them how they’re doing. Listen as they share their own holiday stress. Allow them to decompress and offer support during the busy season.

Give Personal Gifts

Shopping for family members can wipe out your holiday budget, but it’s possible to give friends a small personal present that shows how much they mean to you. Mail a bag of their favorite herbal tea with a handwritten note that lets them know how thankful you are for the unique flavor they bring into your life. Pick up a brownie from their favorite restaurant and deliver it with a holiday bow to say you are grateful for how they’ve made your year sweeter.

Pray for Them

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Loving others is the key to spreading the gospel. You share some of your toughest struggles and darkest secrets with your close friends, and they do the same with you. When you stay in a relationship for a while, one of you will inevitably face times of depression, pain or crisis.

When something bad happens during the holidays, it can be especially difficult. Everyone else goes on enjoying the season. Tragedy can make holiday activities seem trivial. Christians can learn to pray for one another, lifting their friends fervently to God and praying specifically for their needs.

Compliment Them

The holidays can expose our biggest insecurities. We wonder if our gifts, our cooking and our efforts measure up to those of others. Build your friends up by complimenting them. When you call a friend to help you decide what to wear to a holiday event, let her know how much you admire her taste. If your friend helps you hook up holiday electronics or assemble a playhouse, compliment his knowledge and abilities.

While you recover from holiday shopping and days’ worth of rich meals, spend time with your friends enjoying positive entertainment. makes a friend’s movie night easier with the “Most Popular Christian Movie Guide.” Make it easy to plan a relaxing evening with friends when you download your free copy today.

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