WINTER MIGHT BE the coldest time of year in terms of weather, but it can also be the warmest in love and cheer thanks to that wonderful spirit of giving. Of course, we all love getting presents over the holidays, but there’s something extra special about seeing someone we care about open the presents we so carefully chose for them. That’s why our practice is taking a moment to look back on our favorite memories of gift-giving!
Our Team’s Favorite Christmas Gift-Giving Memories
DAWN: “When I was in high school, I worked at JC Penney and saved every cent. I finally saved up enough money to buy my parents a beautiful roll-top desk. I had it delivered when they were out so that they would be surprised when they came home”.
GAYLE: “When my son was 7 years old, I took him to Macy’s with my best friend’s mom. I was looking for something, and noticed the two of them at the jewelry counter. On Christmas morning, I opened up a box with a beautiful sapphire ring inside to represent my birthstone. I reminded my son that sapphire wasn’t my birthstone. He replied, “I know mom. Sapphire is my birthstone. So, whenever you look at your ring, you can think of me””.
CLARE: “I come from a family of 9 kids. So, money was always tight. One year, I wanted something called a ‘Glamour Misty Doll’. When Christmas morning came, I opened up one of my presents and there she was! I remember so vividly how happy I was and was beyond thrilled knowing that Santa KNEW what I wanted. I didn’t care about any of my other gifts. I was just so happy to have that doll”.
SANDY: “One of the coolest memories I have is not from a gift I received. It was a gift I didn’t receive. When I was 6, I wanted a special doll. I wanted that doll so bad, she was all I thought about. Christmas morning came, and I opened my presents. There was no doll. Needless to say I was very disappointed because I had been a “good girl” all year. At that time, my dad was a single dad who worked tirelessly. He sat me on his lap and explained to me that he spoke to Santa, and there was a little girl who had no toys or dolls at all and Santa had to deliver it to her instead, and hoped that I wouldn’t be disappointed because he knew I had been good all year. I remember thinking how happy I was that a little girl who had less than me was able to enjoy the doll I so badly wanted. Looking back, I know that my dad tried to find that doll for me but couldn’t. But, he didn’t want me to feel disappointed, so he did what he could to make me feel better. As a parent, I know how hard that must have been for him. To me, the lesson was that someone always has it worse than you so it’s important to appreciate everything you have”.
Looking For Fun Gift Exchange Ideas?
If you’re looking for a new gift-giving tradition to try out, take a look at a few of the ideas here. We’ve shared two of the ones we thought were unique!
- “Cookie-swap packing party. Besides cookies to swap at the party, guests bring extras, along with metal tins, takeout containers, plastic boxes, and packing materials. Together, you carefully box up the extra cookies to ship to out-of-town family and friends.”
- “Swap toys with Santa. Along with cookies and milk, leave (gently used) old toys under the tree on Christmas Eve for Santa to “take back to the North Pole.” (You can donate them to an organization like Toys for Tots or Goodwill.)”
If you’re trying to think of ways to teach your children the joys of giving gifts, check out this short video:
What Are Your Favorite Gift-Giving Memories?
We’d love to hear some of our patients’ best gift-giving stories, so share yours with us in the comments below or on Facebook. Whether they’re sweet or funny, we can’t wait to read your stories! We hope you make wonderful new gift-giving memories this holiday season!
Thank you for always being our valued patients and friends!
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