by Anniel 12/8/14
My husband sat on the Board of a local Credit Union for over 40 years, so we attend their Holiday party each year. It’s a big affair for their workers and we go and watch everyone else dress too skimpy, drink too much, eat a big meal and then dance to terrible music. As a people watching time it’s not too bad, just noisy and sometime embarrassing because of the clothes, or lack thereof, or because of the drinking. We’d go home shaking our heads.
Last night the whole evening was different. Bear dropped me off at an entryway to the Captain Cook Hotel and went to park the car. I immediately ran into a few friends. As we were greeting each other, total strangers began passing by, singly and in groups, calling out, “Merry Christmas! Pass it along.” At first I was a little startled, but responded, “Merry Christmas to you, too.” A few of them repeated ” Be sure to pass it along.”
After we got to the Banquet Room a few strangers drifted in, walking around and saying the same thing at random tables. While we were standing in line for the buffet, a guest in our own group caught my eye, waved and said, “Merry Christmas,” and I again responded with my own “Merry Christmas.” Then he looked me in the eye, smiled, and said, “You MUST pass it along.” I was finally beginning to get the picture.
While I waited in the entryway for Bear to get the car, I was again greeted by passers-by with the same greeting. So I began saying the same thing to people coming in off the street. A few glared at me, but most just returned the greeting. As I stepped out to go to the car a young Eskimo man crossing the street smiled broadly at me (you have to see an Eskimo smile to know how broad and joyful that can be) and called loudly, “Merry Christmas, and please, please, pass it along.” I called back, “I will.”
I do not know if this is a local effort, whether it has been organized by some
Church or other group, or if it is a spontaneous “uprising” by people in the downtown area. But it was lovely.
Maybe this same “Pass It Along” Theme needs to spread across the nation. Speak out, and voice your joy in the season.
May you all have a very Merry Christmas, and please, please, do Pass It Along to those you meet.
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