Crimson Christmas

rachel johnson

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
~ Bing Crosby

I really think Bing had something with this thought. He takes a simple concept and turns it around with one word. “Unless.” The word really implies that there is no way around something. In this case, without the act of sharing, no “white” Christmas would exist. Bing really makes kindness sound like a necessity to the Christmas spirit.

Kindness is something I believe so strongly in, and I was overjoyed when given the opportunity to participate in an event Transy puts on called Crimson Christmas. Bing might refer to Crimson Christmas as an occasion to “share your blessings.” During this event, students donated money so that presents could be bought for children in situations more humble than our own.

The children were paired with a buddy and it was our job to keep an eye on them and make sure they enjoyed them selves throughout the day. Of course, the children were all reeling in anticipation for the moment that Santa came and gave out their presents.

No words exist for the feeling that this experience afforded me. Watching small faces come alive with wonder due to the kindness of others is among one of the most beautiful scenes set during the holiday season, but I was wish those children could know how much of a blessing they were to the people involved in this event.

Crimson Christmas was in one way an opportunity to “share my blessings” but it was also a chance for me to gain tremendous amount of insight about the way blessings work.