Recipe For Christmas Joy
1/2 cup of Hugs
4 teaspoons Kisses
3/4 cup of Smiles
4 cups of Love
1 cup of Special Holiday Cheer
1/2 cup of Peace on Earth
3 teaspoons of Christmas Spirits
2 cups of Goodwill Towards Men
1 Sprig of Mistletoe
1 medium size bag of Christmas Snowflakes
Mix Hugs, Kisses, Smiles, and Love until consistent.
Blend in Holiday Cheer, Peace on Earth, Christmas Spirit and
Use the mixture to fill a large, warm heart where it can be
stored for a
lifetime, for it never goes bad!
Serve as desired under Mistletoe, sprinkle liberally with
It is especially good when accompanied by Christmas carols and
Serve to one and all!!!
I was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in a toy
store and decided to look at Barbie dolls for my nieces.
A nicely-dressed little girl was excitedly looking through
Barbie dolls as well, with a roll of money clamped tightly
in her little hand. When she came upon a Barbie she liked,
she would turn and ask her father if she had enough money to
buy it. He usually said "yes," but she would keep looking
and keep going through their ritual of "do I have enough?"
As she was looking, a little boy wandered in across the
aisle and started sorting through the Pokemon toys.
He was dressed neatly, but in clothes that were obviously
rather worn, and wearing a jacket that was probably a couple
of sizes too small. He, too, had money in his hand, but it
looked to be no more than five dollars or so, at the most.
He was with his father as well, and kept picking up the
Pokemon video toys. Each time he picked one up and looked
at his father, his father shook his head, "no."
The little girl had apparently chosen her Barbie, a
beauifully-dressed, glamorous doll that would have been the
envy of every little girl on the block.
However, she had stopped and was watching the interchange
between the little boy and his father. Rather dejectedly,
the boy had given up on the video games and had chosen what
looked like a book of stickers instead. He and his father
then started walking through another aisle of the store.
The little girl put her Barbie back on the shelf, and ran
over to the Pokemon games. She excitedly picked up one that
was lying on top of the other toys, and raced toward the
check-out, after speaking with her father.
I picked up my purchases and got in line behind them. Then,
much to the little girl's obvious delight, the little boy
and his father got in line behind me.
After the toy was paid for and bagged, the little girl handed
it back to the cashier and whispered something in her ear.
The cashier smiled and put the package under the counter.
I paid for my purchases and was rearranging things in purse
when the little boy came up to the cashier. The cashier rang
up his purchases and then said, "Congratulations, you are my
hundredth customer today, and you win a prize!"
With that, she handed the little boy the Pokemon game, and he
could only stare in disbelief.
It was, he said, exactly what he had wanted! The little girl
and her father had been standing at the doorway during all
of this, and I saw the biggest, prettiest, toothless grin on
that little girl that I have ever seen in my life Then they
walked out the door, and I followed, close behind them.
As I walked back to my car, in amazement over what I had
just witnessed, I heard the father ask his daughter why she
had done that. I'll never forget what she said to him.
"Daddy, didn't Nana and PawPaw want me to buy something that
would make me happy?"
He said, "Of course they did, honey."
To which the little girl replied, "Well, I just did!"
With that, she giggled and started skipping toward their
car. Apparently, she had decided on the answer to her own
question of, "do I have enough?"
I feel very privileged to have witnessed the true spirit of
Christmas in that toy store, in the form of a little girl
who understands more about the reason for the season than
most adults I know!
May God bless her and her parents, just as she blessed that
little boy, and me, that day!
Merry Christmas All