The holidays bring back many memories of yesterday and today. For me it is a time of reflection. That is the way that I live, laugh and learn. People from around the world wear many hats. Each person plays an important part in how they give to the world. Today I was thinking about those people that serve during the holiday season. Sometimes we may not notice them, as we go about our daily routine. We hustle and bustle, preparing for special occasions in our own lives. In keeping with the holiday spirit, I would like to thank those that wear the special hats. There are many. I could not possibly list them all but I will attempt to mention a few that I have noticed.
First on my list are health care people. Some work in assisted living facilities. They give care to aging seniors. That senior may not even have a visitor during the holiday season. Even though health care people have their own families and friends to think about, they put on a happy face while going about their duties at work. The same goes for those that work in hospital and other health care settings. Some may work long or extra shifts on the holiday. They give up their own time to meet the needs of their patients. They wear a very special hat which never covers what is in their heart. If you see one of these folks, please smile and tell them thank you. Let them know how special that they are. It always feels good to know how much one is appreciated.
Then there are the police, firefighters, and security people that help keep the communities safe for our enjoyment. They work hard. They are ready in a split second to put on their duty hat and respond when that call for help comes in. Their families too are home missing them and hoping that they will return home safely. If you see one of them, show your gratitude. It is easy to miss them until a need arises.
Most of us have visited malls during the last few week. The lights and decoration are beautiful. Sometimes you find the floors of those malls shining with a fresh glaze of wax. The service people do a great job of cleaning and decorating for our pleasure. If you see one of them just say thank you. It might be the only thank you that they get this holiday season. You might be the very person that makes their day!
It was really cold out last week as I passed the lady outside a store ringing the Salvation Bell. She had a big smile on her face. She spoke to each person as they entered the store. Most people just rushed on by but she continued to ring the bell with a smile. Next time you are out, maybe just take a moment to let them know how important they are for donating their time. Maybe place a dime or so in the can if you so choose.
Have you noticed all the different hats of service people that are getting those parties ready for groups during the holiday season? They rush around and cater to our every need with a smile on their face. I am sure their feet are hurting from the long hours that they have to stand. So when your tummy is full of those great holiday drinks, foods, and desserts that they serve, maybe just shake their hand. Wish them a great time when they get home to their families. You have the ability to make their night or day as you wear your party hat.
Have you ever noticed what type of hat that your postal person wears as he or she carries that extra mail during the holiday season? Maybe it depends on the weather in your area to describe their hat. Just a little thank you note pinned to your mailbox might just make their day and lighten a burden for them that they carry. Sometimes folks just need to know that you care.
I know that most schools are out during the holiday week. I have noticed many teachers coming in on the week ends. Some stay late after the work day has ended. The class rooms are decorated so the kids can enjoy this special time of the year. Some teachers have been seen wearing Santa Claus hats. If you see a teacher as you rush to pick up your child after class, maybe thank them for their efforts. I am sure they will appreciate it.
There are many volunteers from churches, and other organizations that pass out candy, fruit baskets, food and toys during the holiday season. I am sure the needy families are more than grateful. If you see one of them maybe offer them a nice cup of coffee. Let them know how special they are too. They might even take their hat off for a minute and share an inspiring story with you.
Yes, there are many hats that are worn during the holiday season. Some we notice and some we do not. Most folks notice Santa’s hat so I hope this has helped you to think about all the people that wear other special hats. My hat then goes off to you.
Since it is impossible for me to mention all the hats, I would like to hear about some of the hats that you noticed this year. What was the best hat that touched your heart in a special way? Wear your hat proudly as you share your love and sunshine with others during this special time of the year. May peace and joy be with you as you wear your special hat this year.