1) Be thankful for what we do have- Psalm 106:1-2
We have so much to be thankful for. We have a God who loves us and many of us are blessed beyond what we can imagine. We must consider even if we don't feel this way that there are people who have so little in this world. We are very fortunate!
2) Don't judge the needy
I recently read a post on the Stuff Christians Like blog about how he had a time in the past when he judged those that they were helping at Christmas time. He noticed that these people were driving very nice cars, etc. I can relate because I lack in the area of mercy many times. Its terrible but I admit that a lot of times when I see someone on the side of the road I'm usually quick to think "get a job". I don't know their circumstances and so I shouldn't judge them. When Jesus said to "love your neighbor" in Mark 12:31 He didn't place stipulations on that love.
I think we should all challenge ourselves to do with less this Christmas in order to share the love of Jesus either by giving to those in need and/or giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. To quote an old song by my favorite singer Michael W. Smith- "Love isn't love until you give it away".