Candy for Christmas

Written by on 21 December, 2013 in Blog with 0 Comments

Charlton Park 2Busy, busy, busy.  Isn’t that what the Christmas holidays bring?  Last weekend we went to Charlton Park; its a Barry County Park that is a remake of an old time Michigan village that was bustling with excitement by a group of community players reacting Christmas over 100 years ago.  We made corn cob dolls, paper doily tree ornaments, and spice deodorizers.  We visited an old printing press and a pharmacy and store that can only compare with the Olsen’s on Little House on the Prairie.  We sat in the one room school house and made projects, and visited Santa and ate spiced apples in the village store.  Then it happened!  One of the workers told my two girls from Ukraine, “Years ago, people only received a piece of candy or two at Christmas.  That’s something, you can’t imagine.”  I immediately took offense, but my reply was simple and calm, “Yes, they can imagine.”

How often does that happen?  People make assumptions that aren’t theirs to make?  Children in a Ukraine orphanage are fortunate if they receive a few pieces of candy for Christmas and that is it.  It’s something to look forward to and something to appreciate, because it doesn’t happen every day.  They create plays and wear costumes to entertain their peers and teachers.  The holidays create special memories not trophies.  My kids were overwhelmed when they arrived here with everything we do for Christmas and all we stick under a tree.  It’s not necessary, and it overrides the best part of the season:  family and friends.

American’s typify generosity to a fault.  Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford everything we purchase so we land debt which lasts until the next Christmas holiday season.  I think I have found my New Year’s resolution for this coming year.  Now I have eleven days to put it to words.

sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.  2 Corinthians 6:10 NIV

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