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How Wishing A Merry Christmas Started A Chain Of Giving

The popular Christmas song, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year begins with the following lyrics:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

While I love that song, the idea of everyone telling you to be cheerful seems a little odd. We shouldn’t have to be told to be cheerful, should we? Shouldn’t it just come naturally?

The ideal answer would be yes, but when you mix in the cold weather, the long lines at the mall, and the extra traffic, it is easy to see why we may not feel like being cheerful during the holiday home stretch.

So maybe we do need to be told to be of good cheer. Or better yet, maybe we can spread the good cheer by our actions.

That is what one woman in Florida did last week at a McDonald’s drive-thru.

Fox News tells the story of  a woman who ordered her food and told the Golden Arches employee that she wanted to pay for the car behind her.

“She gave me her card, and she said I would like for you to tell her [the customer in the car behind her] a message. And I was like ‘Okay.’ She said I want you to tell her to have a ‘Merry Christmas’,” said McDonald’s cashier Marisabel Figueroa Lopez.

Lopez said the woman specifically requested her to say “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holidays.” This was the woman’s way of spreading a little Christmas cheer.

And the cheer had a great impact.

The chain of customers paying it forward continued from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. In total 250 people paid for the car behind them.

All that because one woman wanted to wish a stranger a Merry Christmas.