Mom making her purchases at The Christmas Mouse
There’s this thing I do now during the holidays that I learned from my mom. I guarantee it will really make you feel Christmas-y.
Buy some small treat — you know like a Russell Stover mini box of chocolates, or a Godiva Bar. You don’t have to spend more than a couple of dollars, if that. And it doesn’t have to be candy — it can be like a $5 gift card for McDonalds or Starbucks or something. Even a candy cane or an extra Christmas card would do.
Just keep ’em stashed in your purse, or on you.
Then when you go out this time of year, like say to a restaurant, you leave that token along with the tip for the waiter. Or if you are Christmas shopping, you give it to the person who rings you up, even at the grocery store. At the drive-thru. For your pharmacist. For your bus driver.
Anywhere where people are nice to you or you think they could use a lift. The more random and anonymous, the more fun it seems to be. You know, like your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing.
By the way, if you have kids, this is something you want your kids to “catch” you doing from time to time. Generosity is learned and modeling is the best way to do it. And what better way to be generous, in any way you can, than during the holidays?
This isn’t to replace the conventional tipping you would do during the holidays, like for your barber or hairdresser, dog walker, babysitter, etc. This is a little extra you give to people who would not expect it.
Let me tell you: people act like you gave them a million dollars! You want see a tired person grin, just try it.
They’re so surprised and pleased, and they really appreciate it — all you have to do is give it to him or her with a quick and warm thank you, and of course, Merry Christmas. Strangers have hugged me!
It is so much fun and it will make you feel like Santa Claus!