This post came about for several reasons:
So, I decided to put this together. (I do not know Ariana or her family.)
A sweet angel of a little girl, Ariana, a 4 year-old has been diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma.
She wants to be a dancer and you can visit Ariana's Web-Site.
My post today has a "Pay It Forward" theme and is a gift for a fellow blogger.
Procrastinating about buying Christmas gifts and finding myself 16 days from Christmas with nothing to even wrap, I'm asking, "What to buy ??? What to buy ??? "
a toy that will come in a box and the box will be played with more than the toy
a tie that will be stuffed in a drawer never to see the light of day until the garage sale
a set of tools that looks absolutely marvelous holding up a stack of air conditioning filters
a knife that will be lost when all the gift wrap is thrown away
a Zune that I'll never figure out how to operate
a pair of candlesticks used once a year
OR a Random Act of Kindness:
a donation to a new-found charity or an old-favorite charity
an angel off the tree at the mall
an hour or two volunteering at the soup kitchen
a few minutes spent visiting someone at the nursing home who has no one
a few minutes visiting a patient at the cancer or burn center in the hospital
a phone call to a long-lost friend or family member
the list is N.E.V.E.R. E.N.D.I.N.G.
A few weeks ago, JulieBug had a post asking what our favorite Christmas song was. I wanted to share one of mine here, in hopes that it sparks motivation to maybe consider taking a little commercialization out of "Christmas" to give a part of ourselves rather than something from the store.
So This is Christmas and another version: 365 Days of So This is Christmas. If you only have one minute, listen to the second version. ( I swear I saw Marnie at her old Blogger place with her Volcano Face. One of my favorite pics in the video: the Boxer puppy)
It really doesn't matter if our celebration is called Hanukkah , or Kwanzaa, or Christmas , or even if this is just the last month of the year for us, no different from any of the other eleven months, or what country we live in, we all speak the same language of smiles. . . and how simple it is to make someone smile.
Today, you may not have time to comment...instead, take the time to navigate to a link or two and read and listen and ask yourself:
What IS Christmas?
P.S. Jen at One Plus Two, this is your wedding gift. :)
P.P.S. For an inspiring story and to read a very talented writer, go to Heather's Fumbling for Words. You'll not be disappointed. Her story follows today's theme of Sharing, Caring, and Giving.