“Even the dog got a gift!”

There is something about giving back that fills me up with joy especially, during the holidays. Since I was a little girl, I remember I was always giving out candy or making sure I had cards to give out to everyone in class. My poor mother not only had to worry about me but make sure she got gifts for everyone I had on my Christmas list. This year was not an exception! My giving spirit was in full effect! I wanted to make sure that I went above and beyond and gave everyone in my family what they deserved for the love and support I have gotten.

By the end of November, I had a list of everyone I was getting a gift for and what I potentially wanted to get them. I was spending like I had money to spend! And somehow I was still shopping on December 24th. (Ironically, I am not a fan of shopping it stresses me out.) I just really wanted to buy everyone everything! I kept updating my friends on my Christmas shopping and one them said, “even the dog got a gift!” That was her telling me I clearly needed to stop because I had bought enough! If it wasn’t because I only had $9 left on my card I would of continued buying gifts!

Everyone was so happy and pleased! I was filled with bliss! My family kept saying my gifts were creative and thoughtful. My mom even cried when she opened the photo-book I got her of my college graduation. I was more than satisfied when I saw the happiness and joy that filled everyone’s eyes as they opened my gifts. I couldn’t have been more grateful to be surrounded by family. I’m truly blessed.

Christmas isn’t about us but about those we care for. It’s about being surrounded by happiness, joy and most importantly love. Christmas is about giving back; about making sure that those missing their loved ones or lacking happiness and joy are finding comfort through you on such a beautiful holiday. Lets not forget that! 

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