What Christmas Means To Me
Christmas is about bringing joy and magic to our children. It is about giving to others with a sincere heart presents of love, happiness, peace and hope. It is about celebrating the birth of Jesus and remembering why he came into this world. It is about appreciating the blessings we received, big or small as well as sharing those blessings for those who have less. Christmas can mean a lot of things to every person but regardless of our religion or what we believe, it is a day to make someone happy. To let them know in words or gesture that we are glad and thankful that they are part of our lives. It is a time to honor, celebrate and cherish the people who held our hands and walked with us during our darkest times. It is about embracing the light and all that is good.
December 24th, I went home all excited that Christmas is finally here. Both my son and wife were waiting for me close to our Christmas tree. My wife told me, “Guess what? Someone gave me a Hermes bag.” Looking confused I replied, “What? That is expensive. Who gave it to you?” Laughing she said, “Your son!” Laughing with her and still a bit confused, I told her, “Wow! He is rich.”
The night before, while cooking food for our Christmas Party, my son asked my wife, “Mom, what do you want for Christmas?” With a loving smile she replied, “Nothing. I have everything I want.” Not satisfied with his mom’s answer, he asked again, “Mom, what do you really want for Christmas?” His mom answered, “Okay, I just want you be a good boy.” Still not satisfied, he told her, “You like bags, right mom?” My wife just smiled. My son looked at her for a several seconds and ran to his room. Before heading for sleep, my son placed something under the Christmas tree. My wife was still cooking and did not notice what it was.
When my wife was ready to sleep, she checked all the doors, the lights and finally the Christmas tree. She noticed what looks like a bag secured together by a paper tape. On the middle front part of the bag was the “H” logo. My wife was laughing like crazy for several minutes. Her son just gave her a hand-made Hermes bag. She was deeply touched of his thoughtfulness. My son knew we can not afford such an expensive bag and so, he made one for her. We were both impressed by his creativity and ingenuity. We both gave him a big hug that morning followed by tons of kisses.
Every year, my friends from my home town in the Philippines celebrate New Year together with our families. This year, we decided to create the happiest and most unforgettable Christmas for our kids. Our children had no idea that Santa was visiting them for Christmas to give them their presents in person.
An hour before the 25th Of December, we heard a loud knock. As the kids opened the door, they were in disbelief. It was Santa! With their eyes all wide in awe and wonderment, they clapped, jumped and cheered. It was a priceless, happy and exciting moment. Their faces lit up with joy.
As Santa sat on the rocking chair, the kids lined up in front of him. Everyone stared curiously at the huge, red bag full of presents.
Seeing them smiling with faces all aglow as they received their Christmas presents, I whispered to my friend, “I’m so glad we did this. Look how happy they are.” I quietly told myself, “This is what a magical childhood should look like for all our children.”
It was time to open the presents. As Santa announced, “Ready? Open your presents!” My son hurriedly opened his present and was speechless for a second when he saw what he got. He only had one item on his wish list. A few weeks ago he wrote, “Dear Santa. I wish for a Star Wars Malevolence Lego.” I knew what he wanted because he asked me to spell the Lego model for him before he placed it inside Santa’s mailbox.
After the gift giving, Santa read the kids a beautiful Christmas story.
It was time for “How to get into the chimney” drill. Santa pulled out what looks like a long stocking with an opening on both ends. The kids had a blast racing each other. Whoever goes through the tunnel the fastest wins. A few took their time. For a moment we thought they were lost inside it.
Before Santa left, he said, “I may need more elves next year to help me make more toys.” He added, “I will teach you how to make two of my favorite toys.” From his bag, he pulled parts of a wooden boat and plane. Everyone learned quickly. Looks like Santa found some new elves for next year’s Christmas.
I wish Santa didn’t have to go but he has other kids waiting for him to bring their presents. All the kids followed him towards the door as they waved goodbye. I followed Santa and like magic disappeared as soon as he turned towards a corner. He was in a hurry that he forgot to eat his cookies and drink his milk. So as not to disappoint the kids, I ate a few and placed some of the milk in my coffee. After all the fun, I was a bit hungry.
We went home around 03:00 in the morning. When my son saw his presents, he said, “Can I open my presents now? It is Christmas morning.” Me and his mom told him, “Okay but after you shower, brush your teeth and change into you sleeping clothes.
Christmas is about making our love ones feel special. Bringing a magical joy they will never forget. My parents gave me and my siblings the happiest Christmas I ever known and now, I have the chance to do the same for my son.
This week’s Image of Life is titled “On Christmas Day.”
On Christmas day, create a beautiful, happy moment your family will never forget. A Christmas day they will always carry with them in their hearts when they are all grown up and ready to create magical, happy moments of their own.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. May your days be full of blessings. Blessings of love, happiness, peace and good health.
As we celebrate the rest of the holiday season, let’s also take a moment of silence and offer a prayer for those who may not feel the joys of Christmas this year. Let us pray that soon enough, they will experience the gift of happiness and peace.
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