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His mom sat him on her lap and explained to him thatsharing with those who were less forunate was part of the holiday spirit and how a child who had less would probably be very happy to receive a gift. This took some convincing from mom but the boy eventually agreed to part with one of his gifts. Mom told him that he could have until the following morning to decide.
The day after Christmas the boy put his four gifts in front of him and tried to decide which one to part with. It was a difficult decision. He decided that he part with the flute. His mother explained that there was a Salvation Army box two streets away and that the people who emptied this box would make sure that it got to a child who needed a gift.
This parting with a gift the day after Christmas became a yearly ritual. When he was 8 years old the boy so treasured the gifts that he had that the decision needed to be made by eeny-meny-miny-mo and he had to part with a set of checkers.
Together they created a board and set of checkers. That year he decided all on his own not to put his name on the note that he attached to the checkers box.
When he was 10 years old the laundrymat where his mother worked closed shortly after Thanksgiving and gifts were sparse. On Christmas he looked over his three inexpensive gifts. At first this sounded great but when he woke up the morning after Christmas he thought about how much fun he had seen Jerry have with the checkers and how the giving gift could be secret and magical.
He told his mother that he wanted to put Come Back Liza - Barbados Steel Band - Steel Drums Of Barbados new football in the Salvation Army box. He told her that he wanted to. She got teary-eyed and gave him a big hug. I think I would like a football. Many years later when he was a young man he talked to his mother about how in some ways it seemed strange that she had him give to the poor when he was a child since they themselves were poor.
Then it happened. It was the same look that he had seen many times before. There was the the time when he was 9 years old and he told his sister that she could never be president because she was a girl. The giving gift tradition continued into adulthood.
He tried to explain the giving gift as best as Poor Boy - The Connection - A Christmas Gift For could in words that a young child might understand. The father sat in the car waiting for ten minutes and thought about the Christmas of the first giving gift.
He was just about to go back inside to see what was No Go Man - Joules - No Go Man / Anyone Else Who Knows Me his son so long when the little boy came running out with a new play-doh set in his hands. There is joy in watching surprised looks on the faces of children Poor Boy - The Connection - A Christmas Gift For they open gifts.
The greatest gifts were meant to be passed on to others. The receivers of these gifts are often initially unaware of what they are actually receiving. The gifts of forgiveness, sharing, fairness, and caring are the most Poor Boy - The Connection - A Christmas Gift For gifts. These are the gifts that we can give away but still keep. Brian Joseph is the author of the mystical, musical, inspirational novel, The Gift of Gabe. This story was submitted to this website by the author.
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