Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, Dear Readers! This is a season of celebration. We wish everyone a wonderful and blessed holiday season. Here in the mountains of Montana the snow brings to all of us a picture book feeling of what we view on Christmas cards.
May all of you treasure your moments with family and friends. May you share many smiles on your journey throughout the holidays. What a special time to celebrate all the treasures of friendships.
This Christmas I am so thrilled to share Spreadin’ Smiles Packet with friends that include many smileys to give out to others. So much fun as my friends take a look at the packet and begin to open it to view the contents. I am having so much fun watching the expressions on everyone’s faces as they wonder what this is all about. What made me so happy is that they all seemed to enjoy looking through the little packet.
As this celebration is the beginning of the “Spreadin’ a Smile Campaign” with the Mission to celebrate those who ignite our world around us with their smiles, it makes me feel so humble to be able to highlight the gift of this idea. The smiles that are around me in this world are unbelievable. They have probably been there all the time however, never noticed as many as I do now. The more I do this and hand out smileys the more I gain a connection with the people around me. It is this connection that I am pushing. I want everyone to feel the same moments. There is a quote on the packet. “Peace begins with a Smile,” by Mother Teresa. Have you witnessed a crying child in Walmart or in a restaurant and wishing the little one would somehow stop crying. Parents always are so frustrated. So….wanted to test what a Smiley would do. So every chance I get I give out a Smiley to these dear cryin’ little ones Guess what happens…tears stop and after a look at the little smiley on their hand, each one looks up, stares at me, and all of a sudden sends me a smile through all their tears. Some adults are shocked when this stranger comes up to them and thanks them for their smile as I hand them a smiley and say thank you for making this a bright moment.
Smilin’ is magic to all around. I know I reap the benefits. It opens a connection with others. I have received jokes, new friendships with stories to name a few. Someone even wanted to know who I was and wanted to write my name on the ballot for President of the United States. Could not believe that one and neither could my friends who witnessed this.
The stories are endless. I invite you to join me in this mission… celebrating others who freely ignite the world around them with their smiles. I have just started a little shop with smile items including the little smile packet I have put together. As this week moves on during the holidays. I will be posting caps, signs, and bags that have my hand prints on them as I create various fun items to promote smiles for this campaign. If you have any ideas send them along via this site or on our Spreadin’ Smiles facebook page. . Love to hear from you.
Or ….send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be so grateful to receive your ideas as well as joining me in spreading the word celebrating smiles. Have so many goals to meet to support the growth of this mission including giving forward to the setting up of a non-profit to promote our natural world that certainly brings out the smiles in everyone. It will include nature books for kids. Literacy is so important. This will be a fun way of supporting the celebration of smiles; moreover, making a difference in the youth of our children and preserving our land.
Do bookmark this site. More to come as all parts to this new trail are falling in place. It is like having many puzzle pieces that are slowly providing a picture that I know will be truly wonderful! You are definitely a piece to the puzzle.
So…Happy Holidays!!!!!!!! As we also like to give out Hugs and Smiles. Know a Hug and a Smile are coming your way.
Special Thoughts from Adele
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