When I asked my 8 year old daughter Abigail what she wanted for Christmas, she replied, “I don’t know. I don’t really need anything”. It’s wonderful to live contented lives but it does make gift picking harder!
A few days later she came to me and said, “I know what I want for Christmas. I don’t want gifts, I want money”. Surprised, I asked her why she wanted money. “I want money so I can send it to help orphans in Africa.” Later, Abigail came and told me she wanted a job. “Maybe I can make things and sell them or I can get paid for my chores.” Curious as to why an 8 year old would want a job, she told me she needed to make some money so she could give more to help those in need.
So even though my kids have very little compared to their friends, this year for Christmas we will be sending money to help those with less than what we have. Abigail has picked out some projects in the Samaritan’s Purse catalog that she would like to help. The gifts she is most interested in are gifts 9, 13, 14, 26, 31, and 38.
Sometimes at Christmas we can get focused on ourselves. Thanks Abigail for showing us what is more important.