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Advent 2016 Day 20

Looking for a way to spread holiday joy this year? Here’s a simple, and hopefully easy, way to bring a little joy and maybe a smile to someone’s face.

When we were younger, we went back to New Jersey every Christmas to be with our families. I was always busy with work, and assuming I would have time after arriving, I would put off much of my shopping until we arrived. While this is the absolutely worst time to shop, what I realized is that it’s also the worst time for the employees at just about every kind of store. As if the people in New Jersey were not already pushy and impatient, it was far worse as Christmas approached. I’m not sure how it started, but I made it my mission to go shopping on these most crowded days and be kind to everyone, especially the clerks and other store employees.

Sometimes it would as simple as letting someone have that parking space, or just offering to help find something in the store when no employees were available (and the shopper assuming I was a store employee). Many times I was looked at skeptically, and was proud (and humbled) when someone would say “you’re not from around here, are you?” Of course, some of that may have been my Colorado-style outerwear.

The great part is that even though you may bring a little joy to them, you’ll be the one really blessed by it!

Rob Strode, elder