I went to a department store today on Christmas Eve. I was getting something for two small children, not my own, and I could see the desperation in the eyes of the last minute shoppers. They knew that the clock was ticking down on their chance to get that last minute gift.
It was 39 degrees and raining outside and I knew someone out there was not worried about picking up a last minute gift. Someone was thinking about when they had their last meal. Someone else was trying to remain warm and dry.
An article by Donna Leinwand published in USA TODAY on 12-14-2010 relates a story about children asking Santa for basics such as socks. One woman even sent St. Nick a copy of an electricity cut off notice from her power company.
I recall viewing a recent news story about shoppers storming stores at malls so they could buy pairs of newly released $180 Nike Air Jordan sneakers. Those days are still with us. Just two years ago someone was trampled to death as shoppers stormed into a Wal-Mart store on the day after Thanksgiving. As the man was lying on the floor people continued to shop around him.
When you celebrate tomorrow with family, friends or alone, think of those that need a Christmas miracle everyday.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year