Saturday, December 24, 2011
When I was a little kid, there was a Christmas album that my brother and I would play over and over and over. I'm not sure of the title of one of the songs, but the main lyrics are "It's the day before the night before Christmas everywhere you look."
And right now is that time. I remember being filled with such anticipation and being so excited as I heard the updates about Santa's exact location. Well now you can even follow Santa on Twitter and Facebook. I guess he has to keep up with the times! ; )
What has warmed my heart recently is hearing about the Secret Santas or Layaway Angels as some are being called, randomly paying off layaway accounts. Such kindness!
There is good in the world and many kind people. Recently I ordered some gifts from Amazon and was waiting for delivery. Last night when I got home, I still hadn't received them. Not good.
I looked at the shipment tracker and saw that they had allegedly been delivered on Wednesday. WTF!!?? I panicked. Where were they? Then I took a deep breath and tried to calm myself down. Maybe if I checked by the mailbox again, they would be there. Maybe I didn't look carefully enough. Or they could just magically appear.
Well, what do you know? In the little bit of time between when I arrived home and realized what happened, a kind stranger also realized that the packages were delivered to her by mistake and brought them to my house. One of my neighbors wrote me a note explaining what happened. I was so happy, because I was ready to go off on Amazon or the post office. Whew. *sigh of relief*
So, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I'm wishing all of you much kindness and good cheer.
And my Christmas wish? You know those Layaway Angels? I'm wishing for something similar on an enormous scale by the people who've taken The Giving Pledge. Hopefully they won't just give to organized charities, but will give to individuals as well.
Imagine if these billionaires started paying off student loans, medical bills, and mortgages for people across the country? They could go to Sallie Mae, the U.S. Department of Education, any number of banks and hospitals and just pay off massive amounts of debt. Not only would that bring major amounts of joy to many individuals, it might even help the economy. Now wouldn't that be something.
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