I love the Christmas season. There are many things about the season that make me happy. The music. The smell of Christmas trees. The festive decorations around town. The aroma of fresh baked cookies and treats. Good times with family and friends. And, of course, chocolate treats.
But, what I enjoy most of all is that despite all the hustle and bustle of the season and the economic challenges for many, this is a time when the innate goodness in all of us comes to the fore. Time and food are donated to those in need. Change is put in the Salvation Army Red Kettles with the ringing bells reminding us to be generous. Giving trees pop up in houses of worship, schools and corporations. Toys are donated to various organizations for those little ones who might have none. In fact, we at the Nagog Mall are hosting a visit from Santa Claus this coming weekend, December 10th and 11th from 12-3pm, to benefit the Acton Food Pantry. The Acton Food Pantry is a great local organization that helps the many in need in our surrounding towns.
These actions indeed bring much happiness to those in need. And, they bring happiness to those who have given.