JUst me...but I find hosting events as opposed to just attending them helps focus on the giving part of this as opposed to the thinking part of it.
Finding out what to serve how to serve the peoples attending presents....it is all part of giving
and done correctly I surmise it may be a art(Not what I do of course considered that)
It can be quite important to peoples, how they are attended to and made important at these things.
One of my best holidays was spent at retreat house and a walk in the forest I may much prefer but this serves purpose if one can do this.
Many hosts don't put all into it perhaps is my experience..it may be better done, as most are buddhist......... perhaps there is a edge on the doing of making all feel equally important
My christmas eve celebration will this year include peoples from three distinctly different cultures, three differing races, varying religious affiliation, varying age groups and a couple of newborn babies tossed into the mix...quite a challenge that.
Just making a dinner can be a most compassionate display if done with skill.
Individually...I would expect the same concept may also apply to a individual...how a thing be done...being critical for perception of compassion.
Who cares what relgiion or belief...only that they feel happy a bit.
Make that individual a special dinner, a special gift, a special thought, even just a special call perhaps....all want to feel special...really it is not the thing but that they know it is special, and it is for them.
..and if none of this goes well..all will be trying to make me, feel better about it, not going well...sometimes the not going well is what may make all feel best of all...they may then help me a bit....
all like to help others if they may.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.