The True Meaning of Christmas
--by Dreamer, posted Dec 11, 2006
I recently donated my baby son's clothes, formula, etc. to a stranger who was expecting a baby. I even gave brand new outfits that I really loved- a little baby gown with a duck on it. The woman who is young (maybe 19 years old) has a partner who can't afford the $250 to fly into town to see his baby delivered.
Although I've never met this woman, it was really humbling to think about how many material things I have and how many things I take for granted in my life. Never fully appreciating my circumstances and the plenty in our lives - food, shelter, family, friends, etc. I saw how greedy I had become and how I needed to be grateful for what I have on this earth.
The young woman did deliver her baby and I heard that the baby went home with the duck gown as his first baby outfit. It has been a humbling experience that allowed me to think about the true meaning of Christmas and spirit this holiday season.
I decided to go one step further and, in a random act of kindness, donated a Christmas tree to a family who could not afford a tree this year. The whole experience reminded me about how God's spirit (Jesus/Krishna for me) has really protected and guided me during the tough times. And how blessed I am to have what I have with the people in my life. And how I have been taking them for granted and maybe even getting a bit lost about the true spirit of Christmas.