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I decided to do something different this year. Instead of having the 12 days of Christmas, I’m having

“12 Days of Random Acts of Kindness”.

For 12 days I will show random acts of kindness to a stranger. I will keep track of it and report what happened. This will be my way of showing the giving spirit that should actually be shown every day of the year. I have decided not to do Christmas but to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The time of  year when the mother will sleep and rule the underground and the father is alive and rules the winter.

Christmas has become too commercialized for my taste. It seems that everyone is so caught up in getting and receiving gifts that the needy are so overlooked. I understand the gift giving, but I believe the true meaning of the season as long since been lost.

If there is anyone that would like to join me in these 12 Days of Random Acts of Kindness please feel free to do so and then share your experience. I know for me giving has always made me feel better than receiving. I love nothing more than to shop for someone else and wrap the present and give it to them. Seeing their face as they unwrap what I have carefully selected, brings joy to me that is indescribable. Now I am not saying that I don’t like to receive, because I do, but when you know you expecting and hoping for a particular gift only to find out if something else, not only is it not what you wanted but it might be totally useless, it can be a big letdown. But that shouldn’t be the case, the fact that someone took some time to get you something should be all that matters, but it’s not. And I think we need to get that back.

Depression is high this time of year and suicide at a higher rate than any other time of the year. Unfortunately this comes too close to home for me. My husband committed suicide 13 years ago, and this year I will start a new tradition.

Christmas could much better spent if everyone could share in the gift giving, but not everyone can. Why don’t we light up someone’s face with joy and show the true meaning of giving. I believe that Thanksgiving or what I would like to call Gratitude Day and the 12 Days of Random Acts of Kindness are sending the same message.

So if this calls to you, come join me, it will be fun to see someone happy  who is not expecting it. Have a Happy Gratitude Day and a Wonderful Winter Solstice

Blessings to you all

 Tiana- Lynn