Last weekend we brought our little one to see Santa for the first time, and afterward my husband dragged me to pick up the latest of our “Baby’s First Christmas” holiday collection. He had a tiny ornament engraved with our son’s name and the words: “Best Gift EVER!”
We’ve found ourselves saying that more and more lately, and to have it engraved timelessly on a holiday reminder is perfect. Someone will ask us what we want for this holiday, and we’ll kind of shrug and change the conversation. We don’t need anything. The baby doesn’t need anything. We have all we could want: a home, a family, our health, and a precious baby.
The phrase rings in my ears when my work put up a donation tree, or when I pass the Salvation Army giving tree. Best gift ever. We don’t need things, but there are certainly families who do. We spent a few days hunting down a winter coat (do they really not make jackets for 9 month olds? Because they make them in 12 month sizes and 6 month sizes…but we couldn’t find any 9 month ones) and when I perused the Salvation Army tree again I saw the number of kids whose parents were requesting coats, gloves, scarves, and mittens – basic things that children need. It tugged at my heartstrings in a new way to realize how lucky we are that we can supply these things to our son, and how hard it must be for a parent to not be able to supply these things.
I have to admit, though, that we ended up getting suckered into the commercial madness. We bought socks, gloves, hats, onesies, toys, body wash, art supplies and basic necessities for these families in need. With each present, I gave thanks for the amazing life we have and how fortunate we’ve been. Not only do we have the best gift ever this Christmas but also each and every day of our lives. There’s no better present than that.