My daughter reminded me what Christmas is all about with one statement
What is Christmas about? Is Christmas about giving or receiving? Is it about the birth of Christ? Is it a “commercial” holiday or a chance to be with family and friends? Don’t worry, this is not a story about religion, but more of a story about the spirit of the holiday.
The best memories I have of the Christmas Holiday, all involve family. Growing up it was the excitement and anticipation of what great gifts I was going to get, as well as the games I would get to play at the various gatherings and parties I went to with my mom and dad and siblings. As I grew into adulthood it was about getting together with family and friends. The presents given and received were great, but it was more about the camaraderie and fellowship of the group. Now as a parent, it is all about seeing my kids enjoy the holiday and continue family traditions that I cherished as a kid and a young adult. It is also about seeing my children grow into adults and start to expand their view on life and the holiday season.
A great example of this happened over the Thanksgiving weekend. I cooked a dinner for my kids and my daughter’s significant other. We ate, laughed and played board games until we were stuffed and our eyes were crossed. At one point in the evening, my daughter said:
- “Dad- your Christmas gift arrived today and I am so excited about it, I almost brought it out tonight.”
Why does this excite me? The fact that my daughter understands the joy of giving is more rewarding than any gift you might receive. Those of you that have kids understand that parenting is a FULL TIME ++++ job that has very few benefits until, the values that you are trying to teach come out. Each one of us have different viewpoints, values and focus in life, but to see your child display a value that I hold in high regard, is heartwarming.
Don’t get me wrong. If the gift is a 10,000 acre ranch or even a 2023 1 ton crew cab pickup….I won’t turn it down. Even if it isn’t one of those, I will love whatever it is, because I know my daughter spent her time, her money and her effort to get something she knew I would enjoy.
Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays from me and my family to you and yours. Remember what the season is about. Honoring what is important to you and honoring your family.