The Case Of The Secret Santa And Chinese Food Christmas Tree

I got up from my desk this morning to get some water, Modern Philosophers, and I discovered something even more refreshing…

There was something in my Christmas stocking!

stocking stufferHow cool is that?  I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter, so it’s the perfect stocking stuffer!

I have no idea how long the gift had been in the stocking.  I only noticed it because I turned back to get something off my desk and saw the green top of the cane.

I never imagined anyone would actually put anything in my stocking, so I was really taken by surprise and totally moved by the gesture.

My Secret Santa clearly knows me, or at least knows my taste in treats.

The anonymous gesture of good will filled my heart with the Holiday Spirit, and really improved my mood.  I sent out an email to my coworkers thanking my Secret Santa, and decided that I needed to do something today to raise someone’s spirits, too.

That leads to this next photo…

Chinese tree 3We had Chinese food for lunch today.  At the end of the day, Bethany and I were cleaning up all the leftover fortune cookies and packets of duck sauce and soy sauce.

We had set up the food on the table next to our awesome office Christmas Tree, and our scrawny little tree looked like it needed some attention.

So, we decorated its branches with fortune cookies and sauce packets.

Chinese tree 2We ordered lunch from Rainbow, my favorite Chinese restaurant, which is just up the block from The House on the Hill.

On the way home from work, I decided to keep my promise about doing something to lift another person’s spirits.  I stopped at Rainbow, introduced myself to the owner, and explained that I was the once who had called in the order for 25 lunch specials.

I went on to tell her how delicious the food was, that everyone in the office really enjoyed it, and how grateful we were that they’d done such an amazing job.

She smiled brightly and thanked me for stopping in to tell her that.

I don’t know if that made her day, but it at least put a smile on her face.

Happy Friday, Modern Philosophers.  Hope this silly post did a little something to put you in the Holiday Spirit (or at least crave Chinese food…).

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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17 Responses to The Case Of The Secret Santa And Chinese Food Christmas Tree

  1. D. Parker says:

    Cool tree. Hope you enjoy your snacks. 🙂

  2. Louise says:

    karma moves in mysterious ways.. next time you just may get extra wontons.

  3. markbialczak says:

    Deck the tree with balls of General Tso’s chicken, fa-la-la-la-la …

    Good job, Austin. No Peking (Duck) for early presents, you know. 🙂

    I think that was very nice to stop in and inform the Rainbow they did a good job with the special lunch order. The smile and good karma is great payback. And maybe you’ll meet a nice single woman picking up takeout next time because the big Wok chef upstairs is now on your side!

  4. grannyK says:

    What a sweet person you are! I hope you get more treats in your stocking!

  5. I’ve never seen a Christmas tree that color yet, but I like it. Has pizzazz.

  6. ksbeth says:

    I love secret Santa and happy to hear about your kindness towards others. Not surprising at all, Austin.

  7. susielindau says:

    Keep spreading the JOY!

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