Where do you draw the line when it comes to holiday gifts? Are you an “anything goes” or an “if it’s on sale I’ll get it” kind of gifter?
I’m reminded of a holiday when my brother and I were small. There wasn’t a lot of money to go around, and we knew it. We were small, but not unaware. And being as how things were tight we knew not to ask for much. We knew were were lucky to have our family, to have food, and to give what little we had to others who had even less. But that’s ONLY because our parents taught us to live with a servicing soul. Regardless of how little you have, or how dire you feel your situation may be, there was ALWAYS someone who had less.
And as I sit here I confess my son already has FAR TOO MUCH stashed around our home for the big day. He’s spoiled, but not grossly. Just last week he donated his first toy to Toys for Tots. He was so proud to browse the shelves by himself knowing he could pick out a toy he thought another little boy would like. He chose Duplo blocks- naturally. After paying for the loot he walked right over to the toy bin and tossed the blocks in knowing he’d never see them again. And never once did he pout, or throw a fit. He was proud to give, proud to serve.
I hear kids asking for iPads, iPhones, tablets, and such. Kids as young as 5 wanting things I had to work years to save for. And they’ll get them. Sadly, they’ll get them.
So this year we’ve set out to purchase toys guaranteed to spur his imagination. Old school toys. Sure, there are one or two indulgences, but for the most part we’re avoiding all the hype. There will be plenty of time for him to be hip. For now, he needs to be three. Dirty, stinky, and three.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. -Hebrews 13:16