Merry Christmas to you, your family and your friends! What does Christmas feel like to you? Hectic? Frenzied? Frazzled? Fun? Overwhelming?
Let this be a time of true holiday spirit. That includes, taking a breath and allowing ourselves to enjoy the warm feeling of Christmas giving.
Let me tell you about one of my favorite Christmas events.
Every year my staff and I celebrate Christmas with a carry-in lunch. "Oh no, not one more carry-in," you’re thinking. This one is not your usual Christmas event.
Sometime in October each employee of the Secretary of State's Office chooses another staff member's name and goes shopping to get them a Christmas present. "Oh not another tie or Christmas candle!" No, not on your life! Rather each employee gives a gift to the other, buying them whatever they think that person might have played with as a child. It is so fun. We open the gifts at our luncheon but we don't take the gifts out of the packages. We leave them intact. We do laugh and have a great time but when the luncheon is over all the gifts are donated to Special Friends, an organization that distributes Christmas gifts to the less fortunate. What a Christmas thrill when we load the trailer with bikes, dolls, art supplies, books, remote control trucks, footballs and princess dress up clothes.
Now this feels like Christmas!
When I first thought of this, for a few seconds I stupidly thought that I didn't want every office doing this same event because it was kind of "our" special time. I got over that in a heartbeat, and decided to do my best to spread the word about this way to have fun and do good. So if you and your fellow employees or your women's group, or your fantasy football league, or your lunch mates or your ..... are looking for a way to celebrate Christmas without getting one more tie or one more Christmas candle, light up a child's world – "with a gift you would have played with as a kid."
So, for kids from 1 to 92....
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!
Wyoming Secretary of State