'Tis the season to give lots of gifts and wrap lots of presents, run around crazy to three different stores for the fancy car with lights your child has to have, attend two different Christmas concerts with off-tune carols, bake an insane amount of food and eat most of that insane amount of food, and so many other different things! It's exhausting!
I feel a little like Cindy Lou in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" as she is trying to discover the meaning of Christmas. Such a small child understanding that Christmas isn't about how many gifts you buy, the decorations, or the food. It's about family and love.
Christmas is also about giving. Jesus' birth gave us hope and his death gives us eternity and forgiveness. He came to serve the poor, the lost, the widows and orphans.
I know I try not to be a preachy person, but this season gets to me and what gets to me more is babies. Yes, I spent 40 hours a week with twelve needy infants, but I love them and I can't imagine them going without what they need. It honestly brings tears to my eyes, thinking about any one of those happy little faces without food or medicine and crying for someone to care enough to help them. If I had a million dollars, I'd give it all to them.
There are other ways to give! Compassion International has a Christmas Gift Catalog where you can pick what you want to give to those in need. (This is the one I did!) One can give $55 and pay for a baby's medical care for a year! Or there are smaller ones like giving food and nutrition to a mother and baby for $14. There are so many options! Or donate to a child in your own neighborhood! Give shoes or Toys to Tots!
I hope all of you have a giving heart this Christmas and all year.
I also want to give you a gift for giving! If you give to anyone in need (any time of the year) - this is my gift for you!
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To sum up: Don't be a Grinch, consider giving this Christmas. I think you'll find the true meaning of Christmas somewhere in there. :) (Also, it is tax-deductible to give.)