“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store?
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more…”
I remember one particular year, a man in our small town had muscular sclerosis. His illness had been progressing and he was now wheelchair bound. He didn’t have the ability to cut down his Northwoods Christmas tree, and his family was without the means to purchase one.
My mother found an additional tree, and we piled it atop our little old Toyota Carolla car (quite a funny sight as the tree was so large I dare say it was a cousin of a Redwood)! Fortunately he only lived a mile away and we dashed through the snow to deliver it.
The feeling we had as we carried this tree through their door was so everwhelming — I knew that feeling was the “spirit of Christmas.” His family cried at the gesture and we all sang songs together and enjoyed cider around the beautiful tree.
Throughout the month, find ways to spread the holiday spirit through kindness.
I found a story in Family Circle about a mother whose Marine son was in Iraq. She began an effort of building Christmas stockings (with a goal of 1400) for troops that are overseas. Operation Stocking Stuffer by Julie Ann is a wonderful example of the holiday spirit. In the article it included this simple link, if you are looking for an idea to reach out during the holidays. “If you don’t know any
soldiers overseas but still want to send someone a gift, try Treats for Troops. Soldiers register on the site and are matched up with gift giving civilians. You can select a soldier by branch of service, home state, gender or birthday. Or if you don’t have a preference, they’ll send your package to the soldier who’s been
waiting the longest. www.treatsfortroops.com
“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving
the light of love to those who need it most.”~Ruth Carter Stapleton
And as always, don’t forget to start your day with a heartfelt: “Something great is going to happen today… I can’t wait to see what it is!”
And when ending your day ask yourself: “What is one more thing I can do to make today matter?”