Christmas is the Season of Giving
For millions of American families, there will be no Christmas this year. The sad truth is there’s a huge number of families in our very own community that simply do not have enough money for Christmas presents. These families consist of children who are not at fault for their family’s financial situation, and don’t necessarily understand it either. The children are the ones that believe there’s an old man with a white beard, who wears glasses, a red suit and rides in a red sleigh led by eight reindeer, travels all over the world in one single night delivering presents to EVERY single boy and girl…Why wouldn’t they be on Santa’s list? Why wouldn’t there be a present for them to unwrap on Christmas morning?
And while some families are stacking the presents high under their Christmas tree, there are going to be a whole lot of children with a hollow feeling in their stomach this Christmas morning. There are going to be a lot of children who do in fact wake up on Christmas morning with not one present to open. Not everyone out there gets to open up a giant pile of presents on the morning of December 25th. A recent study showed that an astounding 57% of children in the United States now live in homes that are either considered to be low income or impoverished. During the holidays, while parents are trying to figure out how to pay for food, rent and the high electric bill, the children are the ones who won’t experience the joy of receiving a present from Jolly Old St. Nick.
The image of Santa Claus represents the magical part of Christmas. The story of St. Nicholas goes back hundreds of years as his legend of giving away all of his inherited wealth, traveling countryside helping the poor and sick is much admired. It’s inspired joy and belief that give children something to look forward to during the holiday. We know that he is more than the presents he brings. But to little boys and girls dreaming about him on Christmas Eve, he is everything that makes Christmas joyful and special.
So this year, as we finish wrapping the presents we purchased and we sit around our Christmas tree singing Christmas carols, or decorating Christmas cookies, think about the families in our very own back yard in desperate need of holiday spirit. What can we do to ensure that every family and every child receives the gift of Christmas?
Start an online fundraiser today for a family in your community that needs your help this holiday season. You can help every child continue to believe in Santa Claus and experience the wonder and delight of Christmas. Keep the spirit of giving alive by making Christmas magical for every boy and girl.