The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #1 Laughter

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by Merrie Lynn Ross

On the first day of Christmas my true self gave to me… a dozen magnificent messages of wisdom and wonder from 12 popular speakers, authors, and visionaries. Each gift is from the heart, given with love exclusively for BellaSpark readers. Enjoy unwrapping these priceless life-affirming gifts!

Little Johnny was fast asleep in his bed, dreaming of eating sugarplum cookies and sipping the warm milk he left under the Xmas tree for St. Nick. A roaring “Ho, Ho, Ho” bellowed and stirred him with a jolt. The belly laughter was unmistakably Santa Claus. Echoing so loud it was a wonder why it didn’t wake up the town.

Unsure if he was dreaming or not, Johnny crept to the step’s landing and caught a glimpse of jolly St. Nick, who chuckled. “Ah Ha, little Johnny, you tickled my heart munching my cookies and you did leave my favorite treat, the cherry on top. My gift to you this year will take you by surprise. With that he began to laugh, “Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha, Ha.” Johnny caught the contagious laughter. He began laughing so hard he rolled down the steps, tears of joy flowing down his cheeks.

Eye to eye, St. Nick winked at him. “Spread your gift of Laughter wherever you go. The sad will be jolly, the jolly will Love, Heart’s will heal, and Peace on Earth will reign.” As St. Nick slipped away, Johnny’s “Ha Ha Ha’s” awakened his family, as they delighted in joy, their laughter tickled the neighbors, and one by one... the whole world shined Big Smiles.

Merrie Lynn Ross, an award winning writer/ filmmaker, lead child advocate, and TV comedy star is the author of “Bounce Off The Walls – Land On Your Feet,” an uplifting books inspired by personal tragedy.

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