My daughters LOVE Christmas! They start making lists in August and they look forward to the holidays with GREAT anticipation.
We don’t buy a lot of gifts. We do birthday celebrations and big (to us) Christmas celebrations. Other than a few small things sprinkled in here and there, this is the only times that we give gifts. They do earn chore money so that they can buy themselves things that they see but it takes quite a while to earn enough for big things. Other than that, we take a quick photo of the items that they see and wish for and tell them we will “put it on their list.” I am so thankful that they are not spoiled or demanding.
So the holidays are very exciting for them! They are also exciting for my husband and I because we love to give them gifts.
My ten year old started making her list (seriously) two weeks ago. She’s been playing around with MS word so her list includes pictures and prices of her items this year! Ha! She wants to make sure that there is no mistaking what she wants. Smart girl!
She fell in love with a Clydesdale horse from the Our Generation doll collection. These horses can normally be found at Target for $45. Except for this particular horse because he was part of last year’s holiday collection. So…..now he can be found on Ebay for about $100.
Now this is my frugal minded child who decided that she wouldn’t ask for an American Girl because she could get an Our Generation for about 1/5 of the price. But she searched and searched out this horse from every source possible. She realized that he was very expensive and more than once I caught her at the computer with misty eyes while she processed that she might not be getting this one particular horse.
I told my husband and we did a little searching of our own and found him for $75 through a third party vendor with Walmart. Ahhh….he arrived yesterday and I just can’t wait to see her open him on Christmas morning.
I started thinking about this gift…..this $75 piece of plastic that my daughter will delight over for such a brief time. That’s not why I bought the horse. We know that her desire to play with him will be short lived in the big picture. I bought him because I love the girl that desired the horse and I want to give her good gifts.
In a much greater way, this reminded me of God’s love. The Bible tells us that he loves to give us good gifts. It is hard for me to process that He loves us more than I love my children, yet I know it’s true. Thank you, Lord, for delighting in us and giving us your good and perfect gifts!
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11