Today, I experienced a true Christmas miracle that completely changed my whole outlook on the season. It made me remember the reason for the season and instilled in me excitement for the coming days.
It all started when I was texting my best friend, Meeg, to see if she wanted to go get some ice cream and watch our favorite movie, Hairspray. She, as suspected, thought it was a wonderful idea, and promptly came to my house. Meeg, my brother, Tar, and I decided to go to Cold Stone Creamery, which required us to take all back roads to get there. Along the way, Meeg pointed out a beautifully decorated house and was telling me about it, since I was driving and couldn't look. I didn't really think anything of it, and we arrived and ate delicious ice cream. We soon headed home the same way we came. Again, Meeg pointed out the beautifully decorated house. I asked her if she wanted to go back and drive by it, and she said yes. Once we got to the street, the road was blocked, so we had to go all the way around the neighborhood. We turned onto the street with the beautifully decorated house, and the line was super long. We decided to wait in this line to see what all the commotion was about. While sitting in this line, we questioned if it was truly worth it. We couldn't turn back because the road was one way, which looking back, was a good thing. About halfway to the house, a mom and her daughter came to my car window. They gave us treats and a little business card. On the card it read, "If we made you smile tonight, please pay it forward and make another heart take flight! In honor of the 26 Sandy Hook angels taken one year ago today." The three of us were overwhelmed with so much joy. I cannot even express all the emotions I was feeling. When we got to the front of the house, all of us were silent and in awe of the magic we saw before us. The lights were blinking in sync with some Christmas music, and the family was gathered in their driveway waving, smiling, and just spreading Christmas cheer. Once we got to the end of the road, we saw that the family was also taking donations for people with Leukemia, which we supported with our leftover ice cream money.
You may be wondering why this is a Christmas miracle. Well honestly, that's hard for me to put into words. This experience is definitely one that will not be forgotten by any of us. Ever. What started as a normal night, turned into one filled with magic, awe, and pure joy from everyone around. Who would have thought that this family would take the time, money, and effort just to make other people smile and to help such a worthy cause? These people remembered the true meaning of Christmas. It being a time of giving. A time of spreading Christmas cheer. A time of being with the people you care about. To me, this is the true miracle. Often times, we seem to forget the reason for the season, and just want things, and never give back. This night made me thankful for all that I have, and more wanting to give rather than receive. I am so glad I got to experience this night with Meeg and Tar. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
To some people, it may just seem like I'm rambling. You may be right. I may be crazy (Billy Joel reference, who caught it?). If you have ever had an overwhelmingly joyous experience, you know what I mean. If this post doesn't make sense to you, well, maybe it's not meant to. Maybe you haven't experienced anything that made you truly aware of the magic and miracle that others can bestow upon you. I'm not saying that that's a bad thing either. When the time is right and this happens to you, you'll know exactly what I mean.
As you prepare for Christmas day, just remember a kind act or making someone smile goes a very long way.
Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!