In Tune With True Holiday Spirit
Every year during the Christmas season, I, along with many I presume, ponder the "true meaning of Christmas". It seems we've become a nation so focused on gifts and possessions, we've lost sight of that true spirit of Christmas. I too fall victim to such a holiday mentality, but every year I aim to focus my holiday spirit and joy on gifts other than material possessions, and focus my efforts on giving rather than recieving. I find every year it's easier said than done. A young Philadelphia couple recently showed just what I believe is what the Christmas holiday is all about. "It played like a scene from a holiday movie", is the description by MSNBC about this past Saturday at Aramingo Diner in Philly (Mystery Couple Sparks Cascade of Giving).The young couple had enjoyed their weekend breakfast, and as paying the tab for their meal, they told the waitress they'd be picking up the tab for another random table of diners.
“They asked us not to say anything until they left, say, ‘Merry Christmas, that person picked up your check'," said a waitress Lynn Willard.
What was most remarkable about the simple gesture was that it continued for hours and hours that Saturday morning. The first couple started a chain reaction in the restaurant, where hours-worth of patrons picked up the tabs of neighboring tables. The gesture of the "mystery" couple and the rest of the restaurant-goers that day really touched me. A gesture so simple became indicitive of what I consider true holiday spirit-giving to others without recognition or anything in return. By giving twenty dollars to a neighboring table, the Philly couple influenced many others to take on that holiday spirit as well. This current event gave me hope that even in the midst of a material-good society, there are people amongst us still in tune with the true spirit of the holiday.