Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My friend Katie gives to others for Christmas

I just found this video this morning, and had to share it with you! This is how I've been feeling for the last few years, and wishing I could do something like this. Don't get me wrong, I love giving gifts to people, but sometimes I feel like people expect it at Christmas, and it just isn't that special. Like I'll spend $20 on you if you spend $20 on me... is that really giving? I hope you are as touched by this video as I am.


Stam House said...

Wow this is amazing and so touching Thanks for sharing!

Ellen said...

that's really cool!! This year we cut back a lot on gifts for the kids and instead they each got a Compassion Child this Christmas :) every year that my family doesn't get together, instead of getting gifts, we pool our money and donate it to either missionaries we know, or if they know of a specific need in the community. I know it's not a lot, but it's nice to know that you are helping someone else during the Christmas season!

Wenona said...

Thanks for sharing this video. I bawled my eyes out watching it - and it's just what I needed today. Thank you!

sheila said...

We decided this year that the only ones getting gifts would be our boys. We may sound like a bunch of scrooges, but, if you really think about it, if you spend quality time with the ones you love, that should be enough. I spend a lot of time on the phone with my mom, making sure I call her at least 4 times a week, and she mentioned to me the other day that that was enough of a gift for her, just that I honour her in that way. If you think of it, do we really need a bunch of $20 gifts lying around the house? I don't think so.
Now to go even deeper, as your uncle Ken and I were on our way to Wpg last night, just the 2 of us enjoying a quiet ride in he posed a VERY CHALLENGING question to me, one that literally had me gulping, and even on the verge of tears, and your post today just seemed so ironic to me, just that you were thinking on the same lines as we were last night. So anyways here's my little story.
Like I said enjoying a quiet trip into the city when out of the blue he asks me "What would you say if I gave the bulk of my bonus cheque away?"
For the first time in my life I was literally speechless. I gulped a few times, tried hard not to shed a tear, and then I asked him, "You mean we will not go on the 2 week holiday we were planning, and Needing to go on during spring break?"
He said we'd see.
Ok, I guess I won't get a kitchen reno that I need?
I also needed new patio furniture. Not getting that either?
Silence, silence, and more silence.
I'm being brutally honest here. What would you do if you're spouse decided to just "give away" what you looked forward too every year? What would you do?
But, after a few minutes of silence, my thought process changed. I didn't Need that holiday. I don't Need a kitchen reno, and I don't Need new patio furniture, at least not the expensive stuff that I really wanted.
Here I thought I was doing so good. We sponsor a child in Kenya, tithing, cutting back on spending at Christmas time, and then the big bomb of a question last night, that really changed how I was thinking.
So my challenge to all who read this. If you had a "few bucks" burning a whole in your wallet, what would you do with it?
Sorry I took up so much space here, but like I said, your post was too good to pass up the opportunity. Have a good Christmas!

Stacey said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing that Sheila :) That's kind of how I've been thinking lately too. Sure there are things I would like to have, but do I NEED them? I'm not saying it would be easy, that would be incredibly hard! But the rewards in the end are far worth it, I think. I plan on seriously considering what I can do next Christmas, and even throughout the year.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a touching video! We've wanted to do something like this, but not knowing how/where to start/how to tell our families. I think this is so incredible, and challenging! I agree, Christmas needs to be done differently. It starts with us. :)

The Thiessens said...

Also was on my mind this year.. maybe we're finally getting it?

Andrea said...

Did that make you cry too? :) Like you said...we always seem so focused on 'I get you something, you get me something'...but this video really brings out what giving is about. And I LOVE this idea so much better than the people who come up to me and say "Don't buy me anything this year because I don't want any gifts...I want to focus on the REAL reason of Christmas, etc." I guess they always seems just a little bit 'holier than thou' to me - because they're telling us what not to do, but are still buying gifts for others. I absolutely LOVE the idea of simply giving to those in need with no thoughts of getting anything in return.