Editorial

Ring those Christmas bells!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

She was in front of Walmart, standing next to a red kettle and ringing a bell. 

No one was around her, I didn’t see anyone put anything in her bucket but she greeted me with, “Merry Christmas!” in a bright and cheery voice. 

Fortunately, we have had a pretty mild December. Still, it takes time for volunteers to bundle up and “work” a shift for the Salvation Army. Everyone is busy. We are privileged to work to make money to buy Christmas gifts, like so many shoppers were doing who walked past the lady with the bell.  We have family and other responsibilities and many just don’t have time to ring those Christmas bells.

I know why she stands outside, ringing a bell.  We, too, have rung those bells. 

One year, the newspaper I worked for volunteered to take a number of shifts. It wasn’t mandatory but a number of us enjoyed collecting money for that very worthy cause. 

On another occasion, a couple promised to recruit members of our church to ring those bells. 

It gives you a good feeling to help others, especially at Christmas time. 

It reminds me of one of my favorite holiday movies, “The National Tree.” The heroine makes her point when talking to a man who is opposed to giving all those presents wrapped in plastic that are dumped in landfills. He also opposed the “needless” cutting down of pine trees that will be laden with Christmas ornaments. 

The heroine’s response was, “I do those things because they make me feel good.”

Indeed.She was in front of Walmart, standing next to a red kettle and ringing a bell. 

No one was around her, I didn’t see anyone put anything in her bucket but she greeted me with, “Merry Christmas!” in a bright and cheery voice. 

Fortunately, we have had a pretty mild December. Still, it takes time for volunteers to bundle up and “work” a shift for the Salvation Army. Everyone is busy. We are privileged to work to make money to buy Christmas gifts, like so many shoppers were doing who walked past the lady with the bell.  We have family and other responsibilities and many just don’t have time to ring those Christmas bells.

I know why she stands outside, ringing a bell.  We, too, have rung those bells. 

One year, the newspaper I worked for volunteered to take a number of shifts. It wasn’t mandatory but a number of us enjoyed collecting money for that very worthy cause. 

On another occasion, a couple promised to recruit members of our church to ring those bells. 

It gives you a good feeling to help others, especially at Christmas time. 

It reminds me of one of my favorite holiday movies, “The National Tree.” The heroine makes her point when talking to a man who is opposed to giving all those presents wrapped in plastic that are dumped in landfills. He also opposed the “needless” cutting down of pine trees that will be laden with Christmas ornaments. 

The heroine’s response was, “I do those things because they make me feel good.”

Indeed.