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Holiday Acts of Kindness

Christmas TreeIt started with a recent visit to Starbucks when the barista surprised me and “forgot to enter” one of my two Gingerbread Lattes.  I was so touched because I have never been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness like that.  But it reminded me why this is my absolute favorite time of the year.  Somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when holiday music starts playing on the radio, and decorations and lights are found everywhere, a little bit of magic starts to happen.  People start to think about others and how they can bring a smile to someone else’s face.  I absolutely LOVE it and wish that this type of magic happened all year long.  This is my favorite time of the year because a little bit of hope in a kind, compassionate, unselfish humanity is restored into my heart.  The holidays can truly bring out nothing less than amazing miracles.

Here are some recent magical events this holiday season that warmed my heart:

1) Mystery Christmas Tree Floating on Water

A thoughtful neighbor decorated a solar-powered Christmas tree and shared it with the San Rafael Community by sending it on a raft in the San Pablo Bay.

Click here to read the Mystery Christmas Tree article.

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2) WestJet Christmas Miracle: Real-Time Giving

Passengers had the opportunity to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas, and at the end of their flight their wishes came true as their presents came out of the baggage carousel.

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3) Flash Mob: The U.S. Air Force Band at the Smithsonian

Tourists at the Smithsonian Museum were in for a special treat as one by one, instrumentalists and vocalists from the U.S. Air Force Band began performing a holiday medley.

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4) Tips For Jesus

Starting in September this year, an anonymous person began giving extremely generous tips, as in $500 to $10,000, to restaurant servers.

Click here to see the Tips for Jesus Instagram account.

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5) How To Be a Superhero

Two sixteen-year-olds dress up as superheros and do random acts of kindness such as giving someone flowers or balloons, to paying for their meal.

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Those are just a few examples of some really cool people sharing an act of kindness this holiday season.  Perhaps the most realistic story for an everyday person like myself is the last one on how to be a superhero.  Of course, we don’t have to dress up in spandex, or only wait for the holidays to do an act of kindness.  We can, however, make it a habit to look for moments where we could surprise a total stranger and do something that will make them smile, or even better, jump and down screaming with happiness (if you can afford that!).

In the video, they say it best: “All we’re asking you guys to do, is when you see an opportunity to do good, take it.” 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.  Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

– Bob Hope

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