Tonight we took part in one of our family Christmas traditions. We sat around the living room and opened a Christmas Eve gift. Ellen and I were always children at heart when it came to Christmas. As hard as it is for children to wait for Christmas morning, it was even harder for us. So, we decided to start a tradition that has stuck for 22 years now and open a gift the night before. This year we were joined by our new son-in-law Thomas and our first grandson Robert. That made it all the more special.
To my knowledge, I can’t remember a Christmas when our children didn’t get the “big gift” that they wanted. We’ve always somehow managed to make that happen. This year was going to be different. This year we just were not going to have Christmas any where near the normal thing that our kids are used to having. In fact Christmas was not going to happen at all as far as gifts were concerned. There are lots of reasons for that, but suffice it to say that we just didn’t think that the money would be there. Little did we know that things would change.
I’m not going to talk about the amounts or what specific ways people have blessed us this year, but I told our kids tonight that all of their gifts this year were made possible because of gifts given to our family. I can’t name specific individuals because most of them chose to give their gifts through people who were sworn to secrecy. The few that did just give directly asked not to be recognized about it. These are people who did not have to do anything, but chose to help in a time when it was going to really bless us.
Now, I know that Christmas is not about just the giving of gifts, but the way in which people have showered us with gifts is a huge encouragement. There are still people in this world whom God is using to help get people like me and hundreds of others through these seasons in our lives.
So, if you read this and you are one of those people allowing God to work through your giving heart, I can’t tell you what it means to Ellen and me to see the eyes of our children light up because there are gifts under the tree. If you haven’t been the giver of gifts, please hear this blog as a reminder that God does take care of us in all kinds of ways.
My kids are older now and their eyes are open to the mysteries of Christmas. Their innocence concerning this season is lost in a way. But one thing they do know–God is the giver of all good gifts and is always solely responsible for what ever we receive in the way of blessings, not just at Christmas, but all through the year.
Please have a very Merry Christmas from the Davis’!!