Every Christmas I reflect on some beautiful memories!
I enjoyed the benefits of having warm and loving parents as well as siblings.
Sometimes the presents were not as many as I wanted under the tree but love was a constant especially during the holidays.
As a family we would all pack in the car to do some Christmas shopping. It was a chance to drive each other crazy and possibly cause my parents to go off the road due to the yelling, screaming and crying in the back seat.
I have to say some of my best memories were those hectic trips.
One Christmas as a teenager I remember going to a large shopping mall. My mother ordered the troops to be at a certain spot at a designated time so that we could have lunch.
I made my way to a toy store and was admiring all the toys. A young boy with his father was looking at the toys asking them from Santa.
The man seemed very upset with his requests.
“You know this may not be a good Christmas with Daddy being out of work. ” He told the little boy.
Without hesitation he replied. “Yes Daddy, I love you.”
He gave his father a hug.
My eyes smarted with tears. I began to bawl.
There were times I told my parents I was not happy with my gifts. I had been selfish and down right rude. I was feeling quite ashamed!
When I made my way to my mother I was trying to tell her what happened but I kept breaking down. She had gathered everyone for lunch.
Finally she prodded the details out of me.
We were all weeping.
And we sat together as a family. We counted everyone of our blessings.
The trip home my sisters and I snuggled in the back. My mother asked me to sing. She loved to hear my voice. So I sang some of my favorite Christmas songs on that long ride home.
Hark the Herald Angels Sings and I’ll Be Home for Christmas.
I never forgot that little boy. Every year I think of him and his father.
It taught me the best gift is being loved and having people that care. It humbled me a child could be so accepting and gracious.
I needed to grow up and be thankful for the things I did have in life!
A wonderful Christmas memory!