December 19, 2012

All I Don't Want for Christmas

That's right, all I DON'T want for Christmas.

I've had this post sitting in my drafts for quite some time,
and had plans to have pictures or illustrations
to convey my point.

But now, all of that seems trite and unnecessary.

Even before the tragedy of Friday,
my heart had been hurting.

There is a lot of hurt in our world,
and we see it every day.

The children who's only meal comes from school.

The homeless men and women on the corners.

People are sick around Christmas.

People are being killed for drugs,
turf wars, shoes, clothes and tvs.

People are being senselessly killed,
for no reason.
People are dying from cancers and other
fatal diseases.

This year, our world just seems more broken
around Christmas than ever before.

And I'm not a fan!

Throughout December I've seen
multiple WHAT I WANT
for Christmas posts.

And, originally I thought of posting my own.

But, every time I tried,
I realized it just didn't feel right to me.

I assisted the homeless in November
and thought
" All they want for Christmas is a warm
place to stay and sleep, with
warm food".

How does that compare to me wanting
a workout heart monitor?

SportySpice works in a Title 1 school,
which basically means
most of her students are poor
and receive free or reduced lunch
at school.

Obviously, these children won't
have tons of gifts under the Christmas tree.
So, her school sets up a
Christmas Angel Tree
and teachers buy presents for each kid.
OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKET!

Sportyspice grabbed four
and our family helped sponsor the kids
and bought the presents.
It was so much fun shopping for the kids,
but at the same time,
I felt SOO SPOILED
and ungrateful for what I had.

A 13 year old girl asked for a
LONG SLEEVED shirt.
That's what she wanted for Christmas.
THAT'S IT!

Another six year old asked for
a green Ninjago!
Let me tell you, that $10 toy was
THE HARDEST thing to find.
One of the hottest toys for lil boys
and we looked everywhere.

C was able to find it in Maryland
last week, which was amazing.

Even though it was super stressful,
I'm so glad this kid will get what
he asked for,
because it might be
the ONLY thing he gets under the tree.

I can't imagine just getting
one lil toy.
I want to buy him 4324803 toys.
But, I can't.

I know this post is all over the place,
but all of these thoughts
have been in my head
and I needed to get them out.
I wish I could fix the sadness in the world,
but I can't.

However, I can be grateful for all I have
and I can try to make the world
a better place, one act at a time.

I'm joining the #27actsofkindessmovement
to try and do my part.





7 comments:

Nikki said...

That's very sweet of you and your family to buy gifts for those kids. My gym does a gift collection for kids in the area and I always donate somethin. It's funny Christmas is so weird this year.

Illegally Blonde said...

I feel ya sister. We must always remember to be grateful for our many blessings and share them with those less fortunate.

Jenn said...

I think it's a very important point to remember, when we complain about what we don't have, to remember those who would LOVE to have the things that we do.
So proud of you, as always, for being such a good human :)

Erin said...

My roommates and I got an angel last year too. She wanted a winter coat and crayons. I mean every kid has a winter coat, it's a given. And every kid has a set of crayons smashed down in the bottom of the toy box because they have so many other better toys.

It broke my heart. But going shopping for her made me so happy inside. It was a present for me to be able to stroll through the isles of Old Navy.

Jamie said...

Its so hard to imagine so many people who have so little while we are so blessed with so much. :(

Carolyn R said...

I love this post! :) And I love you! You're the sweetest pink crayon in the whole wide box! :)

Alana Christine said...

You have such a big toy. Thank you for reaching out to help an underprivileged kid. I personally know how much they need a little Christmas cheer.