Merry Christmas one and all

I hope, dear reader, that as you read this you hear the joyous laughter of loved ones and you smell the aromas of a holiday kitchen.

Perhaps there are children playing or pets running about, and you are warming your hands with a warm cup of coffee or tea. But what would the holiday be like if you stripped all of that away? Would you still be able to enjoy the company?  

As the holiday season winds to its close, let’s not forget how fortunate we are and that every little thing we do to help someone who is less fortunate only makes our lives richer as well. Remember when the Grinch asked, “What if Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more?”  

I like to believe that at the heart of human nature is an instinct that helps others. I think the reason most of us won’t eat the last cookie in the jar is that there may be someone else who needs it more than us.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not espousing martyrdom here, that we should starve so someone else can enjoy life, but I do believe that balance comes from compromise. 

Food is one of the basic elements of our lives, and sharing it is one our basic principles. Since there are people even in this rich part of the world who don’t have enough to maintain their existence, perhaps our compromise could start with food?

If everyone managed to put one more cookie in the jar when they took one out, think of how much that would offer those who had none.

If you picked up even a bargain item for the Food Bank whenever you went grocery shopping – a can of soup or package of pasta on special – that could cost you less than a dollar a visit but it would be like inviting someone for dinner.

You could even explain to your children about your gesture of “paying it forward.” (Isn’t that another name for the Christmas spirit?)

Do you want an alternative with no cost? Have you heard of Free Rice.com?  It is a website run by the United Nations World Food Program; a word game that also shows ads from sponsors who make donations for every click.

Even your kids can play, and for every word definition they get right, they donate ten grains of rice to the program. If you’re keen, you can even install the app on your phone to play regularly.

There are lots of ways we can help. We just need to take the time throughout the year to behave the way we do at Christmas. The brotherhood of man is not a concept that works if we apply it one week of the year.

That would mean that we are likely to contribute to the greater good only about one time in 50, and we are better than that, aren’t we?

Let’s show the world we can make it a better place every week of the year.

Let’s keep that Christmas spirit alive and well. It could be like the Olympic torch, never going out.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


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