We love Christmas. It absolutely is “the most wonderful time of the year”. We gather with family to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, exchange gifts, and eat great food. As a child, Christmas was about receiving. You created a list of toys and games that you wanted to received for Christmas. You struggled to sleep due to the excitement and anticipation of Santa’s visit and his sleigh full of presents. As an adult, Christmas becomes about giving. You get excited about the gifts you buy for your spouse and your children. You cannot sleep on Christmas Eve because you are excited to see the smiles on the faces of family on Christmas morning. That is exactly how I felt last night.
In March of 2011 my grandmother passed away. There isn’t a day that goes by that she is not missed by our family. We wanted to do something special for the family this Christmas in her memory. Erica did just that. She created Christmas ornaments, scarves, and pillows out of my grandmother’s clothing. A lot of time, and love, went into each stitch and each drop of glue. The end result, amazing keepsakes to honor an amazing woman. We were excited to give them to family today. As the gifts were opened, the smiles and the tears told the story. That was the best present I received all day. Seeing the joy in faces of family is what Christmas is all about. My wife is wonderful! She made Christmas extra special today for our family.
The 25 Days of Giving have come to an end. We are, however, adding a 26th day to honor the 26 lives lost in Newtown, CT. We will write a few Haiku poems and participate in Haikus For Hope. Each poem will be printed, folded into a heart using origami, and sent to Newtown. The man behind this initiative has participated in our 25 Days and he is committed to positively impacting this world. Take a minute and learn more about Haikus For Hope. We hope you will take time tomorrow to honor the 26 lives lost. We must remember that these families celebrated Christmas today without their babies. We must keep them in our thought, in our hearts, and in our prayers.