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Who’s tired of watching the News on TV? WHOA WHOA WHOA don’t raise your hands all at once.

The first fifteen minutes of the evening news is full of all sorts of bad, depressing stuff that can’t possibly leave anyone feeling good. Lest I get off on a rant and start screaming, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” I’ll stop right now and share some good news with you that perhaps didn’t make your local broadcast.

Let Wedwand try to put some lights on the gray gloomy tree of December featured on the cover photo.

In at least three states, someone has been anonymously paying off Layaway items at Walmart stores. The report from CBS news that I read today went like this:

Secret Santas gave an early Christmas gift to shoppers at Walmart stores in three states by anonymously paying off $484,000 they owed on holiday purchases set aside with the retailer.

Now that’s holiday spirit.

Honest hardworking people trying to slowly save money for that certain purchase were rewarded with a phone call telling them their gift was paid for. Read it again, stop and absorb it. THAT’S the kind of news we want to hear. It might make us go to bed happy, maybe even give us some visions of sugar plums to dance in our heads.

Then there’s the Salvation Army buckets that are around this time of year.

Some of the bell ringers that attend these buckets are more enthusiastic than others. When I worked in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago, I saw the most exuberant attendant ever.

A loyal reader who now resides in Arizona can attest to this.

This guy would hop up and down, ring that bell for all it was worth and chant:

It’s Christmas time, it’s Christmas time, it’s Christmas time in the Cit-EEE!

And he chanted that virtually all day long!

I usually drop a buck in the bucket from time to time during the season, but Tim and I laid a five spot on this bucket, just for the effort and even sang along with him.

It’s Christmas time, it’s Christmas time, it’s Christmas time in the Cit-EEE!

Now, if I were the kind of guy who carried South African Gold Krugerrands in my pocket that would be the place I’d choose to drop them.

You may wonder why that specific reference is made to this form of currency.

Once again, reports are surfacing of donations of the Krugerrand dropped in Salvation Army buckets across the land. Each year, the Salvation Army reports anonymous receipt of such coins, that contain one ounce of gold valued at least at $1,000, in their buckets during the season.

Wedwand invites you to take a listen to this song by the Tran-Siberian Orchestra. It has a somewhat melancholy guitar chord progression. It sounds like a sad lament. But really, it’s a happy tale. Key lyric:

If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last

By helpin’ a neighbour
Even a stranger
To know who needs help
You need only just ask

Sometimes we call them random acts of kindness. Sometimes we say pay it forward. Sometimes we just do a good deed.

Maybe we all don’t have a Krugerrand handy, but surely we can find a dollar. Maybe we can’t save the world, but we can reach out and help someone who needs a hand. Maybe just for this season we can focus on the good and if it works, maybe we can make it last all year long.

Me, I’m gonna put some lights on that dismal tree.