GET THE SPIRIT
If you have the means
to arrange a Christmas celebration like the one related in The Story of Joel,
you can do so with one or two days effort the first attempt.
I have found
that after developing a relationship with a family shelter and
a car service, all the preparations can be arranged in one or two hours.
If your means are limited, don't give up on the idea of
"Another Christmas Carol." Instead, downscale the expenses dramatized in
the story—it's all relative. If a reserved car service at $200-300 is out of the
question, arrange only for drop off and pick up service for $50-$60. And ask for
help! Invite a few close friends to the event to share the blessings AND the expenses.
You will be surprised how helpful people will be in your endeavor. If you do
it once, I am sure you will make it an annual event. The most
important ingredient is your passion for the results. And the results are not
limited to the family involved. When I first decided to carry on the
anonymous mission of the Spirit of St. Nicholas, I had no idea the effect it
would have on me.
Because of my love for Dicken's play, "A Christmas Carol," I choose to
attend the performance every year. As a result, I get the opportunity to
remember the kindness offered to me as a child every time I see the enjoyment
and excitement of a sponsored child in the audience. I can not describe the
warmth and joy I feel each time. To see the drama of human kindness and charity
on stage all the while with the quiet knowledge that a family in the audience
is experiencing the story at a deep personal level ... there are no
words for the sense of joy this brings.
I feel it's a very selfish thing sometimes because it makes my holiday
perfect every year! Be sure to make it special for you and your guests by
reviewing my "Getting it Right" section.