As my eyelids became heavy, visions of sugar plum fairies danced in my head. Within minutes I was lulled into dreamland, and into magical thoughts of Christmas.
What if you could collect all the good things about Christmas and capture them in a bottle?
Sort of like a ship in a bottle, or seashells and sand in a bottle…
But this bottle would capture the night baby Jesus was born, the smell of pine trees, Christmas carols, the way snow feels when it touches your face, kittens’ whiskers, Christmas lights…the feeling of Christmas in your heart.
And whenever you’re having a bad day, you could just open the bottle and sprinkle Kindness, Love, and Hope on yourself, or on all the Bob Cratchit’s of the world.
I thought to myself as I awoke from slumber, ‘Christmas in a Bottle’ is just a dream.
We need to remember to be kind, helpful and loving to others on a daily basis, especially to those we meet on the street.
It doesn’t take much effort or money to open a door, buy a coffee, start a conversation, give a smile or a hug to those you know, or even a perfect stranger.
So this Christmas, I’m challenging you to pay it forward every day.
Once you get in the routine, you’ll do it without thinking.
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.”
~ Eric Hoffer
“Keep your Christmas-heart open all the year round.”
~J. L. W. Brooks
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
~ Roy L. Smith
Sheree K. Nielsen is the award-winning author of four books –
Her newest poetry and photography collection, Mondays in October, recently won the Royal Dragonfly Book Award: First Place – Poetry, First Place – Fine Art/Photography, and Honorable Mention – Coffee Table Books. Mondays in October is Sheree’s love song for the beach, and her eternal companion water. She’s dedicated the book to the Siteman Cancer Center Nurses who helped her make chemotherapy more bearable.
Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits – An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets, based on her adventures (Chanticleer Semi-Finalist for Nonfiction Guides – Insight and Instruction)
Folly Beach Dances is her 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner, a healing coffee table book inspired by her lymphoma journey
and coauthor of, Midnight the One-Eyed Cat, 2019 Chanticleer Little Peeps First Place Winner for Early Readers, Montaigne Medal Finalist, and Foreword Indies Review Finalist