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Christmas is supposed to be about sharing love with one another. It does happen. Here are some examples I have seen with my own eyes.
A woman gives anonymously toys and books, a bike, and a partial scholarship to poor children through churches. She's well-off but not "rich." She loves the opportunity to give in the purent way-without recognition.
Couples without much family devote time and attention to serving the homeless at shelters all over the country on Christmas Day. It's heartwarming.
People tip large, donate to tons of charities and send presents to the troops abroad, and to adults and children in hospitals.
Some people reunite with previously-alienated family members in the spirit of love and forgiveness. That's so beautiful, especially when there are no recriminations or a price to pay.
Immigrants send money abroad to family who could not live without it, more than usual.
People keep wishing each other peace, joy, hope, love and happiness in the coming year. They are friendlier than usual, reminding all of us that we are not alone in the world.
So, despite all the griping and grumping by those with sad memories and few connections about the unrealistic expectations during the holidays, there is some extra love spread around. Let's all take heart in that fact.