FLASH - It's Christmas!
Sometimes the best Christmas presents are un-asked-for and come in the most unexpected places. These generous people must have thought they were doing something nice for their communities, but these random acts of holiday spirit have made their way all around the globe.
Ontario, Canada Food Court 2010 - Started It All:
Cologne, Germany, 2012
Thousand Oaks, California, 2012
Sabadell, Spain, 2012
Which is your favorite? (If not listed, please include in comments)
Air and Space Museum, Washington 2013
'Tis The Season For Random Acts
All these beautiful performances grew out of a human desire to share joy with strangers at the season of the year when we are encouraged to think of someone other than ourselves. You might not be able to stand up and sing a high soprano solo in the middle of a crowded mall. You may not be able to blow a bagpipe, pull a bow with any degree of success across the strings of a violin or cello, or command the talents of an ensemble of trumpeters, but you can do something. We can all do something.
There are many people in our communities who are not going to get a break from their responsibilities during these weeks of celebration. Firefighters, police, emergency room workers, our armed forces. Many of our most-essential services are reinforced by volunteers who spend their holidays like the rest of us: with their families and friends. Who fills in for them? No one. The professionals in those organizations double their efforts during the holidays to take up the slack.
Can you bake a tray of cookies? Take them to your local fire station this week.
Can you sit with a neighbor's ill mother or child while they finish their holiday shopping?
Can you buy a small Christmas Tree? Take it to you neighborhood police station.
Can you wrap a few small gifts of nothing more than paperback books or candy? Take them to the nearest military unit in your hometown.
You don't have to look very far at this time of year to find a need that is not being met or someone who is organizing an effort to help others. Give yourself a special gift this Christmas. Do something for someone else. It'll make this year your best Christmas ever.