Christmas season is such a fine time of year to notice that perfect isn’t always necessary.
We might guard against protecting, or even preventing, our children from the experiences of giving. In our rush we sometimes do this and then wonder why our kids don’t know how to give. Practice makes . . .
Far better than handing your child the perfect gift at the last minute would be to involve that child in the act of choosing, even when the choice seems to us a less perfect gift. Most people appreciate something from the mind of a child more than a gift given by a child who doesn’t even know what is in the box.
The spirit of the little drummer boy could be a constant theme to be carried through our family’s Christmastide if we open our eyes to opportunity, and our hearts to the importance of the little things.
It really is the thought that counts.
Copyright 1996 by Hildra Tague. Obtain permission for use online or in print.