'Tis The Season
Christmas is close, just a couple of weeks away. I've got all my shopping done, and always do by November usually, but still...it's sad when it gets so close because the best part of Christmas is the celebration leading up to it. People are singing to themselves in stores, families are working together putting up lights, trees and decorations. There is a common theme every where you go, and you automatically feel like you are a part of something. It's a good time of year.
The boys and I love to give. There were many years when we weren't able to give, even though we wanted to. We believe the best part of Christmas is giving. Not just to each other, because the joy you get seeing someone opening something you gave them is, in itself, for you as well as for them. I'm talking about the anonymous giving. The toy drives, the food drives, the clothing drives...all the things that we're so blessed to have always had enough of in our home. Trust me on this, when I say we've always had enough of...many times it was because we were blessed by others, such as relatives and friends, that had great 'lightly used' items to pass along to the boys. We've been greatly blessed.
The other day, Charlie saw the game 'Operation' in the store, and remembered how much fun he and Casey use to have playing it when they were little. He bought the game to give at one of the toy drives, Toys for Tots. Later that day when we dropped it off for him, he said "It's pretty cool knowing that Christmas day, some kids are going to be playing that game and laughing just like Casey and I use to when we played it". There are times when you're a parent that you are more proud than others...this was one of those times that brought tears to my eyes. I love my kids so much.
As hard as it is to believe, I once again got off track here. :) My point being that it's a great thing to give, and it's honestly as much for ourselves as it is for the one that receives. There are so many parents out there that have no idea how they're going to give their kids anything to open on Christmas morning. There are also toys at Wal-mart or Big Lots that cost as little as a cup of coffee from Starbucks, a movie rental, or a couple of beers. Please, help spread the joy...if it means anything at all, know that I'll be proud of you, too.