How I Learned to Celebrate Christmas

How I Learned to Celebrate Christmas

ChicagoNow held its monthly Blogapalooz-Hour last night between 9 and 10 p.m.

The assignment was to "Write about something you learned or experienced since you woke up this morning." We were unable to participate last night but felt this was an important topic so following the challenge and one hour time goes.

Since I woke up this morning I realized that Christmas was less than a week away. How did that happen?

So much to do.  So little time.

So I went straight to work, put up the tree, filled all the stockings, baked all the cookies, made my own Christmas cards, decked the halls with mistletoe and holly, put out the outdoor speakers and turned them on high blasting "Santa Baby", climbed the large ladder to encircle my rooftop with stings of colored lights (it was a scene straight out of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). Then I headed to the mall and bought presents for all while spreading the Christmas spirit by handing out $10 bills to weary shoppers who I thought could benefit from a random act of kindness.

So what did I learn? I learned that, yes you CAN do everything in a day. It’s a lot of work but it can be done.


Here’s what I really learned.

I learned that we don’t have to do it all or need to have it all to experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Show Me Chicago is pretty much all about having a good time—where to dine, where to fest, where be entertained.

Today we got an email that called us out, in a nice way, for our single-minded focus on fun.

Here’s what it said:

Dear SMC,
“There are plenty of things to do on New Year’s Eve (and I know that you cover some of the fun events out there), but perhaps none more rewarding than joining with your friends and family to pack meals for starving kids at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). Special “fully invested” sessions are being offered from 7-9 pm and 10 p.m. to midnight at sites in Aurora, Schaumburg and Libertyville. For these “fully invested” sessions we require each packer to bring $50 the day they pack to cover the cost of the meals they’ll be packing.

FMSC offers packing opportunities at sessions throughout the day and evening. We provide food for countries all over the world, not only for disaster relief, but for regular feeding programs at schools, orphanages, etc.

Here's a way to start 2014 doing something good. Drop me a line if you’d like to visit a site during one of the regularly-scheduled sessions. In the meantime, check out for more information. “

Not a bad idea, at least for today, to focus on those less fortunate and pitch in with time and/or money…be it “Feed My Starving Children” or any of the many organizations out there that could use a little support...and need a little Christmas right this very minute.  This may be the best gift you give to yourself as well as the people you help.

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