Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings

Now what? For many of us, Christmas is over. That ungodly Godly season has come to an end. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday. People smiling, being jolly and merry, giving to those they don't even know. Over. Done. December 26.

Now most of us go back to our own self-absorbed, overly busy, penny-pinching, too often curmudgeonly selves, that’s what. Do we forget? Do we forget what it feels like to smile at a stranger? Do we forget the joy in singing out loud and swinging our hips to Jingle Bell Rock in the middle of the produce aisle?
Do we forget what it feels like to bond with community members, even for a brief second, while dropping dollars in a red bucket (shoutout, Salvation Army, for all the good you do!). We spend hours searching for that perfect gift or, for that matter, any gift at all. We spend afternoons baking gingerbread men, snickerdoodles, and frosted sugar cookies with our children. We. Take. Off. Work. And now, it’s back to our regularly scheduled programs.

Hold on a minute.

Do me a favor. Pretend it's still Christmas. How would you act if today were Dec. 1? Sing out loud, smile, give to people you don't know, offer a kind word and warm gesture. So what if people think you're weird. You don't work for those people. You work for those who need the joy you have to share. There are still individuals who are struggling, still people in need, still family members that could benefit from your time. There are still those who could use a little extra love.

The world needs more hugs, y’all! Go be a hug spreader. It might be December 26, but it’s still Christmas in your head. Fa la la the freaking la. Christmas ain't over 'til the fat lady sings. And it's politically incorrect to call people fat anymore, so it's Christmas 'til you die.

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