I had been having a rough time getting into the holiday spirit this year. The weather has been off and on and today it’s majorly off. Cold — which I hate — and the threat of snow.
Plus, I’ve been running around like crazy, trying to finish a proposal, working on an assortment of deadlines . . .
I could go on and on, but I won’t because because notice I said — “I had been having” which means that slowly the wonder of Christmas has seeped into me through the little acts of others around me and here’s how it happened.
The lovely new receptionist in our office was down about not having any holiday cheer in her area. There had been a group of die-hards who always put up and took down the tree every year, but they got tired of doing it (me included).
I was out shopping a few days later and saw a little tree with pretty red ribbons in a metallic red tin bucket. Not a Charlie Brown kind of tree. Too full for that, but not fancy either. It screamed my name. So I bought it. Dragged all two gallons of it (the Home Depot term for the size — my term would be just plain heavy) to the office and put it on the receptionist’s desk.
It brought a big smile, but then something else happened.
The receptionist placed some colorful candy canes on the branches besides the ribbons. Then my sis and I got garland and lights. Someone else contributed smaller candy canes to place around the bottom so people could take them. A little teddy bear in a sweater with festive holiday colors took a spot next to the tree which suddenly seemed even bigger.
Slowly, with each person sharing, the spirit of Christmas came alive in our reception area. It didn’t take a lot of money. It just took some thoughtfulness and kindness. It took some sharing and Christmas arrived!
I hope you are able to share such a wonderful experience with your loved ones this Christmas. In the meantime, here’s a photo of one of Santa’s little helpers who I hope will drop by and help me hang my lights this Christmas. This photo comes courtesy of Playground Monitor at The Writing Playground, a great blog where “aspiring writers come to learn and play.”