Have you heard about the 26 Acts of Kindness campaign going on in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut? Here is a link about one person's generous giving. Stories like these fill me with hope, and encourage me to be a part of a greater good. I've started to do my own 26 Acts of Kindness, albeit slowly (we gave a bunch of extra Christmas gifts out this year to individuals we normally wouldn't buy for). But that's only a start: my hope is to do 26 acts, and then keep going and going. And it doesn't even need to be monetary - there are small chores or kind things we can do for one another that don't cost a dime.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas, one filled with hope and kindness!