One of the things I love most about living in the Midwest is the changing of seasons. I celebrate “pumpkin season” from Labor Day through Halloween. The next 30 days (or so) are dedicated to Thanksgiving, and then the Christmas transformation begins.
By day, I put Christmas decorations in place and trim the tree. At night, I #countdowntoChristmas by watching a movie nightly on The Hallmark Channel during its 5-night Thanksgiving specials. (This year my favorite movie was “The Mistletoe Promise.” This movie was IMO was nearly as entertaining as the original book by Richard Paul Evans.)
I also look forward to taking time over the long holiday weekend to curl up with a gingerbread latte or a peppermint mocha and a good book. It’s become another one of my annual traditions to read the latest Christmas novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
Macomber’s latest novel, Twelve Days of Christmas, reminds us how acts of kindness can chip away even the hardest of hearts. Julia, the main character, decides to kill her surly next door neighbor with kindness. Here’s an excerpt from Julia’s blog: “Being kind is like looking at your own reflection in the waters of a lake. Then the act of kindness ripples those waters, like a stone tossed upon the surface.”
Julie goes on to write that several of her blog readers have been inspired to try their own kindness projects. It was like a proverbial light bulb moment for me! How could I initiate a kindness project that would fill me with purpose and help me remember the true meaning of the season rather than leave me filling empty at the end of each busy December day?
I’m open to your ideas! Feel free to leave comments below about charities or local efforts that I (or others) might feel compelled to help. Let’s use this blog to help create a ripple throughout North Iowa!