#608 When strangers wish you happy holidays

Holidays are stressful.

Gift shopping, mall hopping, money dropping, and through it all you’re planning in-law sleepovers, giant family dinners, and complicated travel plans.

It’s nice in these roaring revved-up moments when a complete stranger catches your eye and wishes you a heartfelt happy holidays.

Whether it’s the cashier at the grocery store, the receptionist at your gym, or the lady getting a perm beside you at the salon, it’s nice scoring that warm little season’s greetings to remind us we’re all chasing the same ol’ thing.

That’s right: Love, big hugs, family time, and cozy company right when we need it most.


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43 thoughts on “#608 When strangers wish you happy holidays

  1. I love this blog. And the holidays.

    To all the people reading this blog whom I do not know (about 99.9% of you):

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Strangers being friendly in general.

    For about 8 years I lived in a really small village (in the UK, which is quite a different kettle of fish to what seems to be referred to as a village in the US) and just got in the habit of acknowledging people if I was walking to the post box or the pub or whatever even if I didn’t really know who they were. It’s good.

  3. I agree this is wonderful. And reminds me of the feeling on my school campus towards the end of exams. Hardly anyone is left, so those people still around have a bond. Everyone I pass asks how you are, when you get to go home, and wishes you a Merry Christmas.

    Its a good feeling :)

    Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope you all have a great one.

  4. unless you’re one of those people who has a fit because they didn’t say Merry Christmas to you instead. How very dare they. *cough*

  5. Also awesome: when near-strangers give you small gifts for Christmas without expecting anything in return and vice versa.

  6. I have to say I usually appreciate “Merry Christmas” more… but it’s the spirit of the thought that counts. ;)

  7. Merry Merry Christmas Neil and all my fellow 1000 Awesome Things followers!! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year too!! xoxoxo

  8. Happy Holidays everyone!
    Don’t you just love it when you are the one that initiates it, especially to someone that looks a bit holiday stressed, you smile and just say something nice and the stress disappears from their face and they tell you the same back.

  9. Wanna hear the best AWESOME – sitting in a long Tim’s drive through line on Christmas Eve morning, on my way to work (hoping not to be late) – thinking about how I no longer enjoy Christmas – I have to do all the shopping,baking wrapping and decorating and my 2 useless teenage boys(whom I LOVE) are no help at all. I finally place my order and pull up to the window and the girl tells me my order has been paid for by the person in front of me!!! I pay anyway and tell her to keep it going…..she chuckles and says this has been going on for 7 cars now. Warm and fuzzies. Christmas spirit is the little things people can do to make your day great. AWESOME!!!!

  10. I don’t find this awesome… But probably because no one ever wishes me a happy holiday unless I know who they are

  11. I love it when people do that I do it to the people I know all the time but I never thought to say it to someone els! Well I know what I have to do next christmas

  12. Wow, I’m catching up to quite a few people, people, people…oops, sorry, that word is fun to type!
    Christmas 2009~the highlight this~
    phoning around and finding one “Santa helper” left in Vancouver to take my 3 year old grand-daughter to see. Being the 3rd. to last to enter “the pole” before the gate was closed. Standing in line making closer stranger-friends… who made it! ***WOW***
    Grand-daughter standing straight and tall asks for a picture, says, “I am a Christmas tree”…she is pure light.
    Mrs. Clause approaches first, then escorts her by the hand to Santa.
    This is the first time she’s made it this far; keeping about a 2′ distance, Santa is respectful. He chats it up; the whole while they’ve approved we take pictures- her eyes, the stages of her facial expressions, body language and steps to trust.
    Finally she’s on his knee and she is beaming-shining-smiling…pricelessly magically, spiritually divine! Afterward, they even hugged really tight and he even had a real beard!
    Pretty sure we knew and felt “awesome” then…
    Merry Christmas;)

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  15. I really hate the holidays they make me need to fart cause you know farting is awesome and holidays are not .barfing is fun toomwahahahahahahaha

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