Earlier today there was a report on the news that showed the kindness that we can show during the Christmas season.
It turns out that there was a decoration thief running rampant through a community in Western Pennsylvania. One of the decorations that was taken was a large inflatable Olaf that belonged to two little girls. They would take the time every night to flip the switch that brought Olaf to life while pretending that they were Elsa using her magic to make him real.
One day their mother came home from work to find Olaf gone from their yard. She called the police and found that she wasn’t the only house in the neighborhood to be robbed from. She was in tears as she gave her report, regretting the fact that she had to go back inside and tell her little girls that Olaf was gone.
The story doesn’t end there though. The officer could tell how upset the mother was about the situation so as soon as he was off duty he went from store to store to find another Olaf for the little girls. He couldn’t find the Frozen snowman anywhere so he did the next best thing, he found the largest Frosty that he could find and brought it to their house.
The woman was so happy that she called the precinct to thank the officer only to find that he hadn’t told anyone what he had done. In fact he has used his own money to buy the replacement for the family.
Don’t worry parents and frozen fans out there, while its true that Frozen isn’t Olaf, the little girls are still thrilled that Frosty has set up shop in their yard. I’m sure they’re still using their ‘icy magic’ to make him come to life every night.
So why am I sharing this tale with you? (Other than the fact that it features a Disney character that it) Like the clip “Mickey’s Good Deed” or the message behind “The Toy Story that Time Forgot” this tale is just another way to remind you that this season is so much more than what we can get or even where we can go. Its about kindness, and love, and sacrifice and selflessness. There’s a passage from the Christmas Carol that I love very much:
“But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that- as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”
Fred, A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
Christmas isn’t about what you get, it’s about the selflessness of giving. So may the love, joy and hope of this season’s celebration the Savior’s birth fill all of your hearts this Christmas and may that fullness spill over into the New Year.
The Original Article: http://m.timesonline.com/news/local_news/baden-officer-brightens-christmas-for-family/article_560eb18a-8238-11e4-97f7-2b0998c1490e.html?mode=jqm