If you celebrate this feast in your country, you know it’s a day for gifts—so in recognition of that, I thought I’d post a sweet message from my younger daughter:
So I was walking out of Sprouts [grocery store] last night with a few things and I saw a homeless person setting up shop for the night in the alcove. And there’s me in my warm jacket with food for my family walking to my new car about to go to my warm house with my beautiful, healthy babies and that hit me hard.
Anyways, lots of things about gratitude and doing nice things this time of year and everybody should probably be doing nice things all year but would you consider posting something about it? Obviously totally fine if not; your page and all.
But if you do, here are some things we’ve been doing and other ideas:
- donate to a food bank
- donate to any cause you care about
- visit elderly neighbors or a care home
- tell someone you love them
- pay someone a compliment
- hold the door
- tell someone you appreciate them
- thank firefighters, policemen, doctors, paramedics etc for helping us or make them cookies or a card (my doctor who has a 6- month-old called me on a Sunday with an answer about something and apologized to ME for calling on the weekend as she caught up on work so S and I are taking her flowers later today)
- buy someone a coffee
Anyways, post it if you like and either way thanks for being so amazing in all the ways and always being so kind yourself all year round. We love you.
Diana here: All wonderful suggestions for the season! I’d add just one more: Smile at people when you pass them in the street.
Years ago, I was walking toward a store in San Diego, and passed an older woman coming the other way. I caught her eye, and smiled at her—no reason, but she looked pleasant.
To my astonishment, her face went blank with shock, and she stood there with her mouth open. I thought maybe she was having a dizzy spell or something and said, “Do you need help?”
She shook her head and said, with tears in her eyes, “I was just walking along, thinking that nobody cares whether I’m even alive, and praying that maybe someone would just… notice me—and you did.”
A tiny thing is a tiny thing—but sometimes it’s bigger than you think.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Blessed Winter Solstice to you all!
The image above of St. Nicholas is from Wikipedia.
This blog was first posted on my only official Facebook page on December 6, 2019.