While The Bugs and I were out shopping (and shopping and shopping!) today, I introduced something I really wanted to do with them this week … random acts of Christmas kindness (R.A.C.K. for short).
“But what is it, Mom?” Just a simple gesture or act to brighten someone’s day without asking anything in return. A way to share a little of the time, talent and treasure we have been blessed with and are so thankful for. Buy lunch for the person behind you in the drive through, take cookies to your local police or fire station, leave a sweet little something in your mail box for your mail carrier … we brainstormed and plotted and we’ve planned our acts through Thursday so far!!
I didn’t get a photo since our first act was a bit impromptu, but I just wanted to share the mental picture of our R.A.C.K. today since it really touched our hearts:
The back of my SUV and the front seat were littered with bags from all of our shopping. We pulled into our local McDonald’s to grab a $5 gift card to add to a present we purchased and we decided that we would buy another $5 gift card to share with someone else in line. The Bugs and I hopped out and entered just in front of an older man with a flannel shirt. He gave The Bigger Bug a good-natured hard time about bringing pizza inside McDonald’s (we had just purchased a gift card at a local pizza place for friends) and he laughed as he held the door for us. As I paid for our two gift cards, I could hear him behind me rummaging in his pockets and counting change in his palm.
The Little Bug snagged the gift card. In a quiet voice, just a little shy, he handed it to the man and said “Here, we want to buy your lunch.”
The white brows lifted above the frames of his glasses and he looked over at us, “Really?” I couldn’t speak so I just nodded.
“C’mere,” he said gruffly and wrapped a flanneled arm around The Little Bug’s shoulders. “Thanks. Thanks so much.”
It felt so much bigger than $5. So much so that I couldn’t talk for a minute. The Bigger Bug spoke up from the back seat, “That felt so good, Mom. That was SO cool!”
And it did. And it was. SO cool. And for the first time this entire holiday month, I felt the true spirit of Christmas.
Maybe you’ll join us this week and spread a little Christmas cheer in your neck of the woods! I’d love to hear about your random acts of Christmas kindness and I still need an idea or two for Friday and Saturday!
Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men,