As you know, Christmas has become very commercial. My mailbox and my inbox are full every single day with special offers and coupons and holiday sales. Everywhere I turn, on and off line there are images of the “perfect” holiday, beckoning to me to buy, make or do something with the promise that the season will then be brighter, happier, more memorable. Santa is there, with his elves and reindeer and polar bears and penguins and candy and toys and honestly, it’s exhausting! I know and believe and try to live the true meaning of Christmas, but even then, there is so much noise. I know I am only one person, but I feel like I need to do something to ease this burden for myself, my children and maybe a few others? So, I’m hosting my very own 12 Days of Christmas, where I will collect and share inspiring videos and stories — one (or maybe two) each day for the next 12 days.
I’m starting with this one, because I LOVE it. There are no words, just music and a simple story that anyone can understand and apply to their life this season. Enjoy!
COOL | I love hearing about individual people, who quietly go about doing service and making a difference. Two days ago, someone in Spokane dropped a gold coin, wrapped in a $100 bill into the red kettle of a Salvation Army bell ringer. Apparently, this man, who wishes to remain anonymous has made such a donation every year for the last five years. The gold coin in worth more than $1,000 — how cool is that? In spite of this generous donation, the long-standing red kettle campaign is falling short this year, in nearly every city across our nation. One reason is that they are short bell-ringers. My sister Darci told me this and inspired me to contact our local Salvation Army and now my family is scheduled to volunteer next week — I get to ring the bell!
If you have videos, stories, quotes, music or anything else uplifting that you’d like to share with me, please leave a comment and/or link — there is still such much JOY and goodness and we can help each other find it!