Shoppers shared the true meaning of Christmas

January 8, 2013 

It is discouraging to enter a mall in late October only to witness employees hanging tinsel, garland, lights and the like amidst the Halloween costumes (with care, of course). For me, the greed and race for consumer cash destroys the sacred spirit of Christmas.

On Dec. 14, I reluctantly entered the K-Mart at Inlet Square mall to purchase some necessities for my cat. Following a recent diagnosis with compression fractures of my spine, I knew that walking to the pet department was not an option, so I utilized the scooter that the store provides.

While waiting at the checkout, I watched as the couple ahead of me checked out. After the clerk scanned my things, I asked if I should swipe my credit card. She kept telling me no, then turned to me and said, the couple ahead of you in line handed me this (as she displayed a $50 bill) and instructed me to use it for your order and to give me the change.

You can’t imagine the thoughts fleeting through my mind. I was dumbfounded. Whoever these people are and what they are named is not important. It’s not who they are, but what they are.

They have rekindled my faith in humankind and the true spirit of Christmas. Thank you.

So, the malls can decorate in July if they find the need; in fact, they can just leave the bling up all year; who cares?

Now I know that the people who can feel the true spirit of the season are out there, thank the Lord.

God bless you all.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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