Back in 2008, on Christmas day matter of fact, I posted this story about my daughter. Every year since then I have re-posted the story to share how a child can truly indeed understand the true spirit of Christmas.
my daughter turned 8 years old she had gotten birthday money from relatives,
she had a total of about $40. We went to Wal-Mart so she could spend
her birthday money. I had decided we would go to McDonalds to get a
bite to eat first. There was an Angel Tree in front of the McDonalds
there in Walmart.
My daughter asked what it was and I
explained to her that it was for children whose parents couldn't afford
to buy them Christmas gifts. I told her let's go eat and she continued
to look at the names on the tree.
She grabbed my hand
and said "Mom look, this little girl only wants some clothes and a
barbie doll". I think she thought it impossible that a child would want
I looked and noticed the only toy on there was a Barbie, I think the child's age was about 5.
My daughter looked up at me with pleading eyes and said "Moma would it be okay if I spent my birthday money on this angel?"
couldn't speak as a piercing warmth shot through my heart. I was fighting tears, as I am now remembering this moment. My daughter and said "I won't Moma if you are gonna be upset". I told
her "hang on a minute" while I continued to fight back the tears and choked to find the words I wanted to say. I knew I
would just bust out crying if I said much more. After a few moments and a couple of deep breaths I composed myself
I told her "baby if you want to spend your birthday money on this
little angel then I will match you dollar for dollar".
went to eat and my daughter kept looking over the list of items from
the angel she had pulled off the tree. After we got done she was so
excited to go and buy for this little girl. I did as I promised and
matched dollar for dollar, plus another $20 because daughter thought the
little girl needed some things to go with her barbie doll that she
picked out for the little girl. My daughter even said "you don't have to buy
me anymore gifts Mom, just spend it on her. Santa will bring me stuff
We got the shopping done and took it to
Customer Service where my daughter informed the lady to "make sure it is
wrapped pretty". My daughter spent every last dime of her birthday money that
day on someone else.
I can honestly say that on that
day I had never been more proud of my child and still am to this day
for her unselfish act of giving up her birthday money to make sure some
little girl got her Christmas wishes.