The spirit of Christmas is so enlivening to me–the sparkling lights and mirrored balls, green and red, houses, stores and malls decorated. Even though the decorations at the mall are set up mostly to entice me to spend more, I still take time to enjoy them, not letting what I don’t like get in the way of what I do.
This year was no different, I had been reveling in the crisp air, baking cookies and fruitcake, and spending time just staring at the tree. But I was not 100% in the spirit. I even donated to a couple of red buckets with people ringing bells. Still my heart was not as open and excited as usual.
Then last weekend, exiting my 3rd grocery store in as many days, I heard the bell ringer. Having donated yesterday and on my way to an appointment I steered around her, rushing toward my car.
Then I heard it… “Merry Christmas.” And she meant it!
And like the Grinch my heart grew two sizes that day. I stopped and donated and returned her Merry Christmas with a smile. At that moment my Christmas started, and hopefully will last throughout the year
Thank you bell ringer.
What brings you holiday cheer? Or reminds you of the joy? Please let me know by either by commenting below, or sending me an email!