Ever since our girls have been in school I have helped with their school Santa shop. I have enjoyed helping all the students shop for gifts for their families. You see I have the wonderful privilege of hearing the why’s behind each of their gifts. These sweet children really try hard to make sure their families will love the gifts that have been picked for each of them. And, I also have received a gift from each of them over the years, A Little Christmas Perspective.
Let me share with you my own personal story about my sweet daughter buying my Christmas gift from the Santa shop. Let me go ahead and confess to begin my story.
I have a baby toy in our shower (but no baby in the house). It isn’t because I went out and purchased it for myself, but because it was given to me by my fourth grader from the Santa shop at her school. My first thought was, “you bought me what, why exactly would you buy me that.” But, after listening to her thought process of why, out of all the items in the shop, she would buy her mom a baby toy, my heart was touched and two years later that baby toy still sits on that shelve in our shower with pride and to me, it is priceless.
Setting the Scene
It is Christmas morning and our daughter is over the top excited about what she bought her family all by herself, with no parental supervision. She was able to spend her money how she felt. She bought her dad a flashlight, since he could never find one when he needed it. She bought her sister a magnetic wheel (I have no idea why), her grandmother received a candle. I open my present and it is a wobbling Tigger bath toy for babies (WHAT??). Honestly, it’s cute and babies would love to sit in the bath and play with this toy! My adult mind just couldn’t fathom what in the world she was thinking. And, it must have been my puzzled look that made her explain.
It reminded her of me and my personality. You see, we lived in California for many years and had season passes to Disneyland. Over the years, we all had taken on a character, mine happened to be Tigger, when she saw this baby toy, that isn’t what she saw, she saw me. She associated that toy with me because it was a Tigger. Now, every time I grab my shampoo I think of how lucky I am that our daughter knows me. It means more to me now, than anything else she could have purchased that day. On Christmas morning, I may have gotten a Tigger bath toy, but I also received so much more. I received a priceless gift from our daughter.
She not only showed me that she knows her mama so well, she also showed me how not just on Christmas morning, but in all situations everyone’s perceptions are so different. We may make a comment to someone and think nothing about it again, but that may not be the way that person took it. There may be a day you run into someone who is just in a bad mood and instead of seeing it that way, we think we did something. And she helped teach me that.
I am reminded daily about perceptions. Actually, I need to be. And, I am so very thankful to our daughter for teaching me something I needed to know.
What you see on Christmas morning, is so different that what happens at Santa shop. To the children, The Santa shop is a magical place where they get to come in and shop for their loved ones all by themselves (sometimes with the help from a volunteer). They put thought behind the gifts they buy. If you like to cook, guess what you might get. If you like to hunt, they don’t always care what the item is, as long as is it camo. When the children come in to shop the Santa shop that is how they see things. When they come to pay for their items they tell us who they bought what for and why it is they bought that item.
I wish all parents could experience a Santa shop from the shopping part of it, because I believe your hearts would be touched. Your child may not come home with the best item in the store, even if it was available. But, that is because they were truly thinking of you, your child knows you so much better than you realize. They are observant. They hear the things we say and do. So this Christmas, if you get to experience a moment as I did. Just remember, they really were thinking of you. Perception, it is different for everyone, in all situations.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of a New Year to come. I hope you are looking forward to 2016 as much as I am. So many possibilities ahead! I would love for you to leave a comment. Have you ever had a situation similar to mine? Do you have a story you would like to share? I would love to hear from you.