The Christmas season is upon us, and in this special year, my family will celebrate two Christmases.
My daughter, who lives in Mississippi, works long hours at her store and seldom has many days off. Since she
had to work on Thanksgiving Day, I didn’t get to see her then. Though she doesn’t have to work on Christmas Day,
the traveling time here and there and back again would be too tiring and stressful.
So, we’ve decided to have two Christmas celebrations. My daughter will be coming in on December 20th for two days, and we will have our joyous celebration and dinner with her on the 21st. It is always a pleasure to have my comedian daughter around since she fills our house with fun, cute jokes, and a general spirit of happiness.
One of our favorite parts of Christmas celebration with my children is the “envelope in the tree.”
Each year, I write three checks for $25 each, tuck them into pretty Christmas envelopes, put them as decorations on our tree, and give them to each of my children to choose a charity or church that they want to donate the money to. When they tell me which organization gets the donation, I go back and fill in the subject line. Then, they can mail the checks or take them in person, to their favorite church or nearby charity.
Last Christmas, to my great surprise, I found an extra envelope in our tree. It was addressed to MOM. Inside was a $25 check from my daughter, no subject line, and a note that said, “Mom, please use this check to donate to your favorite church or charity. You’ve given all these years since we were babies. Now, it’s time for me to give back to you.”
My eyes filled with tears.
There are few blessings that can compare to that of seeing an example you’ve tried to set repeated by one of your children.
Our envelope in the tree tradition came back to me in an unexpected way, with rich and wonderful blessings.