I was on this other forum, and this girl posted up an article about christmas. I found it to be a very good read and i know it opened a lot of eyes up. Take a look
So its Christmas. It definately doesnt feel like it. We had our family Christmas gathering with all of my extended family and what not, it was good, for the most part. The dinner, great. The service, well.. a little boring, but also good. The gift opening, well.. it was really difficult for me to handle. Now, I understand that this sounds a bit strange, but I am being completely honest. Here is how it went:
My little cousin and I helped hand out gifts, until she simply wanted to open a gift of her own because she was getting bored of running around the house. It was all wonderful. Everyone was happy, opening gifts, thanking eachother, and feeling blessed by someone or something. Even Ellie, the little puppy, was excited because everyone was so happy. Before I knew it, all the gifts under the tree were gone, and my job was done. During the period of time when I was giving out the gifts, I had slowly noticed that my gift had still not shown up. Hmm... oh well. I am sure it is here somewhere. Well... it wasnt. There was nothing there for me. That isn't what made it difficult. I can live without gifts, that isn't what Christmas is about. I don't need gifts to be happy.What was/is hard is this: I was left on the outside to watch, not participate, because I was not able to be included. Everyone was able to show off what they got, thank people for remembering them, and taking heed to what they wanted. I ... was not. I had to sit there and watch people so excited, without being able to be excited on my own. I was secluded... or felt it. Not included.. left out.
But more than anything, right now. i wish I had all the money in the world. Why? Not so that I can buy myself anything, but for one reason alone. There are children out there that will get nothiing for christmas, and will go to school, or simply out, and they will be on the outside, because their family simply couldn't afford it. There are children who will feel exactly the same as i did, but they have no christmas coming. They get to sit and observe. There is a joy about christmas, but let me tell you, it is mighty difficult to understand it when you feel so far from it. Watching it, just doesnt do it.
I think we give to the wrong people. Don't get me wrong, giving gifts is not a terrible thing. In fact, I think it is awesome to give. But I got to thinking... we are give to people that already have. We ask "what do I get the person that has everything?" Why get them something when there are so many other people that need something so much more. Think of the smile you could put on a childs face, because they were remembered, thought of, somehow loved this Christmas. Imagine being the child who comes from a family which cannot afford Christmas gifts, then having to go to school and listen to all your friends talk about what they got for from who... and not being able to celebrate in the joy that they all have. It breaks my heart to think that a child would have to go through so much. I did as a kid, and I would not wish that upon a soul.
Just think this Christmas. How can I help make someone smile during such a celebratory season?
Merry Christmas everyone!
Now thats one very unselfish girl. Good for her for writing that. I know it makes a lot of us that get what we want look bad.
I dont celebrate, but have a good christmas guys