I had a moment early Christmas morning. I was in our family room with my mom and step dad double checking that my job as Santa’s helper was done correctly. Without evening realizing I had said it out loud I ask, “I wonder if we have done enough”.
Joe and I had made a decision together early last year to give our twins four gifts For Christmas. They would receive from us a want, a need, a wear and a read. We put a good bit of thought in our decision. We considered what would be beneficial to their therapy. We had thought of our budget. We thought of our living space. We thought of the photos and posts of stacks and piles presents that we consider overboard. We wondered how long the toys would last and how long they twins would use it. After all they are still babies. The 4 gifts from us and a few from Santa was decided would be best for our family.
It is hard not to get consumed in the giving aspect of Christmas. Who wouldn’t enjoy a bundle of shiny packages with big bows? It is easy to walk in a store, see an item, and think of how much they would enjoy it or how cute they would look in it. I had to catch myself many times putting something in my cart because it was cute or knowing they would like playing with it.
My step dad in a low voice said something like…”Remember the meaning of Christmas. You’ve done enough.” It was just what I needed to hear. I know why we celebrate. My faith is that this is the day of Jesus’s birth. Nothing I give is greater that His gift. It is a celebration. We don’t have to keep up with the neighbors, coworkers, or the Jones…we just have to do what is right for us.