I think almost everyone will agree with me when I say that this holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas day with your friends and family! Today is probably the best day of the year by far. I mean, who doesn’t like to get gifts and eat delicious food? I know I do. However, inevitably I get so caught up in the craziness that comes with this time of year that I forget what it is all about.
Sometimes life can get so busy and out of control that is imperative to take a small step back and evaluate yourself and what you are doing with your time. What better time to do that than at Christmas? For me, it began when I, and a few others, volunteered at PATH’s Coats for Kids Drive the weekend before Thanksgiving. Giving of my time to that event was one of the most beneficial things I have ever done. It helped me realize how blessed I am and how much I can offer to those around me.
So, when my mother purposed the idea of purchasing a few Build-A-Bears that our friend was selling and giving them to children in need this Christmas, I was immediately on board. We picked up what turned out to be 14 stuffed animals, and their change of clothes, and set out to get them ready for the kids. I am not going to lie here; it was pretty hilarious seeing four grown adults having the time of our lives dressing a mound of Build-A-Bears.
Over the course of the Christmas season, we all found 14 amazing children in which to give the bears. A few were right here in East Texas, some went a little farther south and two special bears traveled all the way to Russia.
Even though the children where the ones physically getting a gift, my family probably received the biggest reward in giving it to them; even bigger than when we opened our own presents this morning. I know this was the case with me.
There is something special about remembering the fundamental theme of this time of year – to give.
Give of your time. Give from your heart.
Volunteering my time to hand out coats and bears has been the most rewarding thing, for me, from this season. I will never forget the smiles of the children and parents as they received the gifts. It might almost be broaching on selfish how good it made me feel. It’s definitely an adrenaline rush. One that I will make sure I feel more than just at Christmas time.
Please remember to give from your heart today and as the New Year comes around. You won’t ever regret it. Guaranteed.
Have a very Merry Christmas!