Have you ever done something for someone, and then realized that it was the kindest, most generous thing you could have ever done for yourself—maybe even most selfish?
For many years, I’ve played Santa Claus for various causes and organizations. There have been times when I faced criticism for interrupting my own family’s holiday by doing volunteer work. “It’s a time meant to be spent with family and close friends,” some have said. I just simply smiled, knowing that they didn’t understand. Though I’ve spent every spare moment I could with those I love, Christmas could not be any more magical than spent in the eyes of children who believe in Santa (or me, in costume). I was hardly being selfless. In fact, it was the opposite. In some ways, helping others is the most selfish—and glorious—act you can ever commit.
The Thursday Night Club was written to stress the importance of making a difference in the lives of others; that the simple act of caring, sharing and giving to others will bring such a sense of fulfillment to those who choose to be a blessing to someone else. Rich with emotion and profound with meaning, this story of Christmas spirit will strike a chord in your heart any time of year and make you look at the holiday season in new ways.
In the final episode, one question remains: Who will be the winner? Christmas Eve dinner has finally arrived, which means the good deeds contest champion will be decided. However, each member of The Thursday Night Club has surprises left for the group…and themselves. The story wrap-up includes a very special cameo from two-time Golden Globe winner Kathleen Turner.
In the end, it’s nearly impossible to be wrong when you’re focused on helping another soul. According to my late grandfather, “We’re remembered by the deeds we perform in this world—nothing else.” Grinning, he’d always offer a wink. “And none of us is ever alone.”
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