Christmas Giving


So every year our church puts out a giving tree.  The tree is covered with tags that have people’s names, and ages on them.  The church also includes a list of gift suggestions for them.  Every year that I have done it, those suggestions have been the same; sweat suit, sweater, hat and gloves or an educational toy age appropriate.  A few weeks ago I had each of my children pick a tag so we could get a child their age a gift.  I have spent the past few weeks figuring out what to get them.  Today I finally finished getting the gifts, wrapping them and then returning them to the church.

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This is a giving tree but is not the actual one from my church.  I do not know where this is located.
On my way to drop off the gifts, I really got thinking about the whole concept.  Wouldn’t it be nice if each of these people got something off their actual Christmas wish list?  Why can’t the families who are requesting gifts have a wish list of ideas?  I would rather know that those children are smiling on Christmas because they got what they really wanted.  I picked out clothes and games but what if they don’t like them at all?  You would hope they would at least be grateful that they got something but I think Christmas is so much more.

Christmas is a time for all people to have the opportunity for their hopes, dreams and wishes to come true.  Whether or not a child believes in Santa, I do truly believe in the miracle of Christmas.  Maybe the parents of the children whose names we picked just want to see their child smile on Christmas day.  Wouldn’t knowing that we made that happen make you smile?  Not only are they getting to open a gift at Christmas but that Santa really did give them something they really wanted.

I don’t know the whole process of the Giving Tree so I don’t know if my ideas are possible to implement.  How does the church get the names?  What qualifies someone to get their name on the tree?  I would love for anyone to shed some light on the whole process for me.

My prayer

May the Christmas spirit continue to touch those around us.  May we remember to keep those less fortunate in our hearts this holiday season.  Help us to remember the true gift of giving instead of receiving and may our gift to others no matter how big or small brighten their Christmas and the days that follow.


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I am a mother of three children who is trying to fulfill all the ‘traditional’ ideas of a stay at home mom. I am a cook, maid, shopper, chauffeur and the laundry lady. I am also their protector, mentor, religious educator and guidance counselor. I have chosen to raise them in a Catholic household.

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