If You Could Give Your Friends One Gift For Christmas It Would Be… ?

 

The year was 2009.

The month was December.

Moderate Daddy and I attended a Christmas party where a dear friend of mine told the following story.

DEAR FRIEND: “My daughter brought home a paper she did in class that asked her to fill in the blank. If you could give your friends one gift for Christmas it would be _______ ? She wrote “Jesus”.

Oohs and Ahhs… praises and smiles filled the air!

MY MIND: “Of course she wrote “Jesus”… she’s a child growing up in a Christian home.”

Cynical… I know!!

BACKGROUND: I don’t hinder me children from accepting Christ but in the back of my mind I don’t assume they’re Christians. When they get older, question the faith they grew up in and decide for themselves, then I’ll feel confident in whichever decision they make. So… I’m a bit of a joy killer… deep, deep down inside.

 

Back to some holiday joy!

Naturally… I was curious how Oldest would respond to this question so… I asked her.

 

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Then I waited patiently.

 

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My mind began to wonder as Oldest was in the depths of thoughtfulness.

What would my sweet, tender-hearted daughter choose? She loves puppies and is always begging me for one. Maybe she would give her friends the one gift she desires most in all the world!

 

PICTURE IN MY MIND

 

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Or maybe she would bestow upon them a flower. A hand-picked, beautiful flower to gently show them her love.

 

PICTURE IN MY MIND 

 

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About 2 minutes had past when a look of excitement, as if one had just found the world’s most valued treasure, streaked across Oldest’s face. She proclaimed in a loud, assured voice…

 

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PICTURE IN MY MIND

 

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MY MIND: “Welp… I’m glad she still has 2 1/2 years before school starts!”

 

Peace on earth… good digestion to men!

 

 What kind of crap have you received for Christmas? I mean… it’s the thought that counts of course!

 

It’s Been a (yuletide) Pleasure,

Your Moderate Mama

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