Friday, December 12, 2008

DCMM: Christmas Giving

I love this time of year. Even though I fear that it makes me shallow, Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the coziness and the tree. I love giving presents and—I'll admit it—I love getting them too. I love how good I feel when I'm driving home from the post office after sending all my gifts off and I love dropping off my toy donations to charity.

I also love taking the tree down and being done with the holiday completely by December 27th, but that's another story.

Even though I love this holiday so much, I understand how people feel negative this time of year. The commercialization of Christmas is rampant, in your face, and earlier every year. Many people are trapped in the snare of different sides of the family competing for attention. It is stressful to try to find the right gift for everyone, especially if you are strapped for cash. And listening to your children ask for every toy under the sun can put you right out of the Christmas mood.

But every once in a while, something happens to totally restore my faith. For instance, this morning my son Sam surprised me with the perfect example of Christmas generosity.

He'd come home on Friday with one of those Scholastic Book order forms. I put it on my desk intending to look at later. Of course I forgot about it immediately until this morning when Sam tried to take an envelope to school. I asked what it was and he told me it was his book order.

He'd circled a book featuring the new character Bolt that he wanted to get for his little brother and had stuffed five one-dollar bills in the envelope. He'd done it all wrong, and I had to fix the order form and write a check (no cash, please!) in the minute and a half before we had to go to school.

But it was such a lovely gesture. Sam knows his little brother loves Bolt. Sam took the time to find the order form and the envelope and to count out his own  money to buy his brother a gift. And not once did he ask for something for himself. It's a small gesture, but meaningful.

This kind of generosity and giving spirit is something I love to see in my kids. And while, honestly, Sam is that giving year round, it's nice to have a holiday where gestures like that are made, acknowledged, and rewarded.

Original DC Metro Moms Blog post.

Jean writes more about the good (and bad) things her kids do at Stimeyland.

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