The holiday season can be a very tough time for so many people. As the old adage says “You never know the battles another is fighting. Be Kind. Always.”
As we hustle and bustle about searching for the ideal gift or the perfect “ugly” sweater for the weekends’ festivities, somebody somewhere is struggling. They’re wishing the holidays away because of the pain it causes them. Perhaps they’ve lost a job and can’t afford to celebrate the way their heart desires. Maybe they’re apart from family and will be alone for the holidays. Or this year, they’re facing their first Christmas without their loved one(s).
Spreading Christmas joy and breathing a little magic back into season isn’t difficult and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. It merely requires a little attention, consideration and time . . . perhaps even just a moment.
As an adult, it has become more and more apparent that the true meaning of Christmas is truly about feeling! My kids have heard me say it again and again. To me the holidays are about bringing people into your home, inviting them to join you at your table. I don’t limit the number of guests to my table based on how many seats I have . . . . If I don’t have enough room at my table, I’ll find a bigger table!
I was scrolling through the Facebook newsfeed this morning and stumbled across an article which brought me to absolute tears. Not just the single random tear that escapes at the blink of the eye. All out sobbing and choking to speak kind of tears. The article was a report of the “Snowball Express” which is a program of the Gary Sinise Foundation which just flew 1,000 families to DisneyWorld for the holidays. These families are the children and spouses of fallen U.S. Soldiers who either died in the line of duty, passed away from disease or even committed suicide.
In a time when they are facing unimaginable loss and pain, Gary and his foundation took the time to breathe some magic back into their lives. You can read the story here: https://tinyurl.com/y9gj6auy
Take a moment this holiday season . . . take a moment on ANY given day and spread some love. Breathe a little magic into somebody else’s life. You just never know how that simple random act of kindness will impact somebody else’s life.
“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”