23 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy this wonderful time of year. I hope that you are able to feel the spirit of Christmas and I hope that you are able to spread peace and joy to all of those around you.

My family has a few traditions that we do each Christmas. While we were all growing up, my parents focused on the service aspect of Christmas and encouraged us all to take part in the many opportunities for serving our fellowmen. This year was no different. I won't discuss all of our projects, but I would like to share an experience.

This year, my little nephew John is 4 (almost 5) years old. We decided to include him in a service project and I wondered if he would actually understand. After some discussion on the best approach, my mom and I decided that we would help him pick an angel from the angel tree and then take him shopping. He was so excited and thoughtful in his purchase. He seemed to understand that he was buying a gift for someone less fortunate and he was totally okay with it.

I also decided to take him shopping for his parents and sister. He picked his sister's gift out right away and also his dad's. We had to go into Bath and Body Works to pick up another gift and he asked if we could buy his mom's gift there. He was so particular and thoughtful about picking out stuff for his mom. He wanted to choose things that she used and liked and it was so cute to see how much he loves his mom.

By taking my nephew shopping, I was reminded of the wonderful opportunity to share and give. I was also inspired by the generous spirit of my little nephew. I'm so grateful that my parents gave us the opportunity to learn to serve others and to enjoy the giving part of Christmas more than the receiving.

So, like I said earlier, I hope that you all enjoy the spirit of giving and feel the spirit that surrounds Christmas.

Merry Christmas!


Barb said...

And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, AJ. Enjoy the season with loved ones. Sending my love, BARB