Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

Now that it’s Christmas Eve I thought I’d share a few heartwarming stories from Christmas’s past:

  • One year while working in the Downtown Eastside on Christmas Day, my partner and I wore Santa hats for the duration of our shift.  Approved head wear?  Not in the least, but the hats scored us some big points with the area residents.
  • Another year my squad mates and I helped deliver food hampers to families in need.  It was a pretty cool day.  All of the families were amazing, and one little old couple had set up an entire miniature Christmas town in their apartment in the Skeena Terrace area.  We were invited back for a cup of tea on the condition we extended the invitation to all the other officers working that night.  Over the course of the next few days at least thirty officers filed through their apartment to admire their handiwork.  The couple were over the moon.
  • The amount of volunteers who come out to serve up dinner to hundreds in the less affluent areas of town is simply amazing.  If we were all so giving this world would be a different place. 
  • Early on one snowy Christmas morning, I swear I heard the jingle of sleigh bells above our house. The heavy snow must have attributed to the acoustics because I think the bells were tinkling from far up in the sky.
  • Have you ever seen a dog play in the snow?  Well, you should have seen my dog the first time he saw it.  He went from police-dog-in-training to a complete goof ball in about three seconds flat.
  • And of course, the best thing about Christmas is watching the kid’s eyes when they get up in the morning and see their stockings.

Do you have a good story from Christmas?  If you do, please feel free to share!  Your story/memory doesn’t have to be related to police work (as you can see from above a few of mine have nothing to do with my job), Just something that gives you a warm feeling inside your chest. 

To everyone, have a very Merry Christmas!

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