This Will Put You In the Holiday Spirit

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I am way behind in my preparations for the holidays and feeling a little stressed.  I had many good intentions to have posts and projects for you, my house decorated, gifts bought and wrapped, but it all took a backseat so I could spend time with my dad.

Yesterday, I finally got out to do some Christmas shopping. Today I am going to wrap it all up and place it under the tree that we decorated late Sunday night before my oldest had to head back to med school.

Ed sent this to me yesterday. It made me smile and reminded me of the magic of Christmas.  It is only 5 minutes long, but will have you smiling and crying tears of joy at the same time.

A commercial company finding ways to spread Christmas joy!

The video reminded me of a few lines in one of my favorite Christmas movies, Miracle on 34th Street.


“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind…”   – Kris Kringle

Insert – “WestJet”  in place of “Macy’s”  in the movie quote below.

“Imagine a big outfit like Macy’s putting the spirit of Christmas ahead of the commercial. It’s wonderful. Well, I’ll tell ya. I never done much shopping here before, but I’ll tell ya one thing. From now on I’m going to be a regular Macy’s customer.”                                                                                      – Store shopper played by Thelma Ritter

Instead of trying to prepare for the holidays with exacting perfection, seeing the WestJet video has me searching for finding ways to spread the holiday spirit in simple and joyful ways. It also reminds me what the season is truly about.


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  1. You were right!! More than just tear or two for all the right reasons. Thanks for including the Christmas cheer in probably the most unexpected place ever.

    Merry, merry, Diane and Happy 2014

  2. That was so cool! What a wonderful thing for a corporation to do for so many people! not only did the kids think it was magical, you could tell that the adults did too! I loved the socks and underwear guy – that’s what my dad has said for years every time I try to find out what he wantsw for Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing this! I really needed the boost in my ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! Leena

  3. I’m in Alaska and never heard of WestJet! Still it was a great share to watch how excited and surprised everyone was, I nearly teared up. Thanks for all your hardwork to share all year.

  4. The best part of Christmas is doing something for someone you have never met and have no expectations of receiving something in return. It just gives you the inner peace that maybe, just maybe, you could make the world a better place.

  5. Thanks so much for posting this – I laughed, cried while smiling, and am still smiling. And, I definitely love West Jet.

  6. Diane,

    Please be kind to yourself. Losing a parent makes everything a little paler and sometimes extremely vivid. Just remember to breath. You inspire your readers every post especially with your heart and courage during this time. Enjoy your family as they gather this holiday season.

    All my best,


  7. I hope your dad is well. I enjoy reading your blog – I’ve unsubscribed from a number over the last year but yours is one of the few that I truly enjoy. So I hope you can take some time to slow down and do the things you need to do and are able to enjoy this season.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your father but so glad you were able to take time to be with him. I saw the WestJet video the other day and loved it!
    Thanks for sharing it again. Blessing to you and your family this Christmas.

  9. I too am way behind, just got the tree tonight but am not going to stress…just going to go with the flow and remember the reason for the season. Happy Holidays!

  10. West Jet just made an entire flight worth of people customers FOR LIFE! I watched it and laughed my butt off at the guy that only wanted socks and underwear. I’m sure he’s not only thankful but kicking himself :) The lady that wanted a camera is a woman after my own heart, I’m a photographer and nothing makes me happier than a camera in my hands.

    1. Hi Gabby – I thought the same thing about the guy with the socks and underwear – but he smiled big time when he opened it – Simple pleasures :-) The little boy with the Android tablet was my fave – super cute.