Merry Christmas Eve! It was a busy and wonderful pre-holiday weekend in CLE. Friday afternoon, Matthew and I stopped by Parma Fire Station #3 to drop off lunch for the guys on duty as part of the #26Acts campaign, which encourages 26 acts of kindness to remember the victims of the Newtown school shooting. In Cleveland, 50 fire and police stations received donations and publicity efforts were coordinated through Charlene and Chrissy.
The guys on duty at the station we visited were so personable and even gave us a tour!
Parma Fire Station #3 used to have five firefighters on duty, but due to cutbacks are down to three most days. This station is the main station for the Parma Fire Department and has equipment and firefighters with rescue training that no other station in the city has available. The people we spoke with were honest about the challenges they face, but also completely good-natured. This is the job and if that means doing more with less or being away from their families on the holiday (as this crew will work Christmas Eve), that’s what it has to be.
The food we dropped off was donated by my dad’s business, Tireman USA. His company has been in business in Cleveland for 36 1/2 years and consistently does good things like this, not just when it’s part of a national movement. It’s really true that doing an act of kindness benefits both the giver and the receiver. Whether it’s through #26Acts or just because, take a moment this season to reach out and do something unexpected for someone else, particularly those who do so much for us.
Friday evening, I practiced my first evening yoga class at Harmony Yoga. I always thought my energy would be too low at the end of the day to practice, but I really enjoyed it and found I had plenty of energy to get through a 90-minute class. I practiced again just about 12 hours later on Saturday morning, too.
There’s nothing like celebrating the holiday with too much food, too much wine, and some of your nearest and dearest. There were plenty of laughs, some crazy White Elephant gifts, and generally enough love and warmth to put me firmly in the Christmas spirit.
Sunday, we got to catch up with our friends Mike and Abby and their adorable son Charlie. They live in Louisville, so we don’t get to see them nearly as often as we would like.
We played a fun game where Charlie stuffed our nativity manger with lots of ornaments, causing the Baby Jesus to become somewhat sparkly. It was great catching up with everyone!
The rest of the day was spent wrapping presents, baking some last minute cookies, and getting everything in order for the holiday. How was your weekend? Hope your Christmas Eve is festive!