Thursday, December 22, 2011

In The Spirit of Kindness: Invitation


The gesture of love on Christmas Eve.

Today's thought on kindness includes thinking of those around us on Christmas Eve in particular. Typically, each Christmas Eve I attend a beautiful and special service at church with my family. It is one of my most favorite of Christmas memories each year—the incredible sound of traditional Christmas songs coming together as hundreds join their voices and hearts, the message, the acts and mini performances by little children—all make for the most wonderful and love-filled evening.











Is there someone who attends your church who will often take the bus, or will be all alone on Christmas? Why not offer to pick them up in your vehicle and make the occasion a little more merry? If you do not attend church, but have another tradition, why not ask someone who might be alone to join you... you never know how a simple invitation might change that person's view on others, on kindness, on love, and on Christmas.

I would love to know, what is your Christmas Eve tradition?

Images: 01, 08 via popbee by Rodarte | 02, 03, 04, 07, 12, 15 via Campagne Décoration by Christophe Madamour, Nov. 2011 | 05, 06, 10, 11,13, 14 via Campagne Décoration by JO Pesendorfer, Nov. 2011 | 09 Living Etc./House to Home by Kristin Perers

16 comments:

  1. Sarah...what a visually sumptuous post and one that makes a thought-provoking point. I do wonder what I do to help or support others at Christmas. It's hard to feel that you're ever doing enough. I do take heart though from the little things; the small acts of kindness and charity, or even just a convivial merry Christmas to a stranger! Did you see what Simone achieved with her blog? A very special act of charity. Have a happy Christmas! Lou x

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  2. Sarah, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. We will be spending Christmas Eve with my in-laws and Christmas Day with my own family. How blessed we are to be able to exchange gifts and indulge in Christmas treats. This series of posts have really brought that realization home for me. Thank you so much. God bless.

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  3. Such beautiful images.

    We'll be going to a Carol service tomorrow evening too....then quickly home to put the milk & carrots out for Father Christmas and get two little monkeys to bed!!

    Merry Christmas xx

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  4. I have enjoyed your Christmas posts, Sarah. I think that all of us need to be reminded of how fortunate we are, and that so many need our help, thoughts and prayers.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  5. Dear Sarah, just wanted to drop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas! I hope that you have a lovely one filled with friends and family! Sending lots of love and warm wishes your way!

    xoxo Mary Jo

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  6. My dearest Sarah, beautifully said. I too plan on going to a church tomorrow night...it's one of those special moments as you described...the music and the essence of Christmas coming together. I will be thinking of my family that I can't be with this year and definitely have to buy a ticket to Europe for next Christmas.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead, enjoy your love ones and big hugs to you.

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  7. So true Sarah. Although I won't be going to church tomorrow, it is a family tradition to do so. However, since we live in a military town inviting a single soldier or a spouse of a deployed soldier to Christmas dinner gives us great pleasure. I hope you have a bright and Merry Christmas sweet friend. XX

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  8. that's so sweet of you Sarah! hope you have a beautiful Christmas darling! enjoy this special time with your loved ones. xo

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  9. Merry Christmas dear Sarah. What a lovely thought to invite someone who is alone to church or just to your home on Christmas eve. I am at my sister's home, which is filled with people. She always invites a couple of friends who would be alone over on Christmas day. Its great fun! My daughter just walked in. Christmas is all about her now. I love watching her with family having fun, opening gifts. It brings me great joy! All the best to you in 2012 Sarah!
    Love,
    Paula Grace

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  10. I wish you a merry Christmas and hope it is filled with many special moments!!!

    Christmas hug from Kristin♥♥♥

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  11. Dear Sarah

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Big hugs

    Cecilia

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  12. Hello Sarah, Merry Christmas to you and your love ones!!

    Audreyx

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  13. My traditions, our traditions, Susan and I, are much like your's.

    Merry Christmas.

    And may Peace and Love be with you today, tomorrow and throughout the New Year!

    ~Bruce

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  14. Merry Christmas Sarah! I hope you had a lovely day. I didn't go to Church this time around but me and my mother baked three extra Hams and brought them to the local Homeless shelter for their Christmas feast which was this yesterday. Doing even the smallest gesture makes me all warm inside... :). Best wishes to you and I hope you had a beautiful and inspiring Christmas day, xoxoxo.

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  15. Merry Christmas Sarah, what a beautiful post. I hope you've been enjoying the holidays in peace and good health, with plenty of food on the table.

    I was viewing your previous posts. I haven't been much around as I spent the week before Christmas dealing with the flu. So much for all the preparation I had in mind. Oh well.

    On Christmas Eve we enjoy a festive meal at about 6 o'clock and then we open the presents. When the tummies are ready for more food, we enjoy dessert. I was in bed by 9 o'clock on Christmas Eve, reading Dickens. The flu kind of stole my energy but I'm on the mend.

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  16. Bruce: thank you so much, and to you, the same!

    Amanda: that is a beautiful idea :) You have such a kind heart. xo

    Lisa: I hope that you will feel better soon—oh my! Your Christmas Eve tradition sounds so special...

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