Think back when you were a small child and the thrill you got out of looking at all the toys in the shop windows. You had been taught all about Jesus, but after church all you could think of was opening all those presents under the tree and in your stocking, well, maybe in church too. Christmas paper was flying everywhere and mom’s plea to come eat breakfast was answered with, “I’m not hungry.” I remember Mom and Dad sitting by the open fireplace and reading us Christmas stories — yes, we had open fireplaces in 1924, on Christmas night.
My wife loved Christmas and giving gifts. She did not receive many as a kid, so she kind of went overboard in gifts for our six children. The living room was half filled with gifts every Christmas. We always laugh about our son Bill opening gifts. He always had on this pair of red pajamas, which he evidently loved. We have pictures of him opening gifts in those red pajamas for years, tattered and torn and too small, but he still wore them. The screams and smiles from the kids when they got a surprise gift made her very happy. Those childhood Christmas days are never forgotten. What do you think?
Do not be the old scrooge, be the reformed one. Teach your family to give as well as to receive. Families need help in these times, and you can provide a home Christmas dinner for someone in need for $15 or less. Delivering your gift as a family will develop good character in your children. They will remember and be like you some day. What do you think?
Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year to everyone.
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.