Then I saw a young woman coming out of the store holding the hand of a little girl who appeared to be about four years old. The girl was humming, walking and looking down at her own feet. When she heard the man's voice, even before seeing him, she stopped abruptly, then looking up and seeing the man, her eyes got real big, she tugged on her mother's hand and said quietly but excitedly, "Mommy, Mommy...look! I think he's a real Santa Claus! Her mother smiled, and looking at the man, she said, "Yes, honey...I think you're right!" Everyone in that little group was smiling.
As I went on into the shop, I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be great if more people were like that wonderful gentleman? The world needs that every day, not just around Christmas time!". Then immediately I realized that we all can be! Most of the time, when we make the choice, each one of us can be a SANTA (Smiling And Nice To All). What he gave was not a fancy or expensive gift...he gave a little time, attention, and kindness, not just to his own family and personal friends, but to total strangers.
Will you be a SANTA to someone today? You might be the only one they see. And you just might leave a positive lasting impression on that person, just like that camo-clad gentleman did on me.