Enough Already!


Each and every year during the holiday shopping days of December, tips of my fingers feel the softness of sleeping baby dolls.  Ears listen to Thomas’s bright red engine while colored buttons with bright lights flash and shout, “Green, Tri-Angle” or “Blue-Circle!”  With new grandchildren climbing aboard my own train this Christmas, my shiny cart of silver steel was filled to the brim, barreling toward the nearest check-out, albeit missing one black wheel.

The next day, assorted piles surrounded me.  I sat on our maple floor of stained cinnamon.  Behind and to my right, a beautiful golden glow exhaled from inside the fireplace.  Deep, coffee-colored knots, striations of grain and other imperfections shined within the wood of long, wide planks.  “What a picture,” I marveled to myself.  “One that only nature could begin to paint.”

Sorting gifts into piles, I quickly realized that I had far too many presents!  Did my two-year old grand-daughter really need three different baby dolls, one that even sparkled and shined?  Could my precious one year old change a ‘pretend’ diaper or whisper a doll to sleep in a new stuffed rocking chair?  Is it possible for my little 8 month old grand-son to dump a truck or play the drums?”  And the twins…well, they aren’t even here yet.  Still, Santa’s bag has several presents to put under the tinseled tree for the two nearly-to-be.

Enough Already!

Grabbing a couple of plain brown paper bags, I began to fill them with toys and clothes my grandchildren really don’t need.  Instead, there are other kids who truly do.  Tomorrow I’m off to one of the local charities in our community.  A nondescript block building where volunteers collect food, clothing and toiletries for all kinds of people.  People who are much like you and me.  Some are sick while others have lost their jobs.  Many work, but can’t quite make it from month to month.  Others have no home to call their own except for a car parked at the curb.   There are young families, elderly couples, single parents and veterans who have proudly served our country.  Shhhh…rumor has it that Santa will be stopping by, passing out toys to every little girl and boy!

Another lesson learned for me.  Little ones in life simply want the precious gift of time.  That alone is pure magic, enough to light a candle of wonder behind dreaming eyes of innocence.

Enough Already!

 

 

20 thoughts on “Enough Already!

  1. I have come to this position, one item of clothing and one toy from Nana. This year, I did luck into Sears’ brand “Canyon River Blues” coats for $16.99 and I had my daughter in law with me, since I get my eyes dilated at Sears Optical. She chose the prettiest coats for the girls and the nicest boy ones, too. The toys are around $10 since I have a limited budget. I treasure my moments and hope the memories will always make them happy. (I would save a doll for no apparent reason and give two or just give one and save the two for birthday and a ‘un-holiday’ gift… Just supporting your title, Kim! Hugs for your great big heart!

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    • You are so very smart, Robin! Great ideas you have!! My mother used to go overboard, celebrating Christmas with huge piles of gifts for everyone. I’m sure this is something carried over from my childhood. Just glad I’m figuring it now, when my grandchildren are babies. Looking forward to visiting the charity house tomorrow. So rewarding. Blessings to you, Robin.

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  2. I’m a frugal grandmother-gift-giver. I cry poor because my granddaughters get waaayyyy too much commercial supply by way of gifts. I hate the materialism.

    My son-in-law has a huge extended family and everyone wants to give the girls a gift. I suggested Mom and Dad dial BACK because they get over enthused at Christmas. I don’t care if I go down in history as the cheap grandma.

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    • Thank you, Dan. Difficult for me stop buying needlessly. Slowly, I’m beginning to ‘get it.’ My visit to the charity house will help, teaching me how far a ‘few’ gifts can go. Blessings to you.

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  3. Your photo gallery of children’s faces was lovely: the circles worked so well! Thanks for the thoughtful post: as you say, less is more — but it’s hard to put into practice for me, after years of over-giving.

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    • Thank you, Sandi. Words about ‘giving,’ spoken so well. Perhaps we’re from the same background? I have not broken the mold just yet, simply cracked the outer shell. Hoping future years will be better still. Bless you.

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  4. It’s easy to want to spoil young children at Christmas but the very young still don’t really understand the concept of Christmas and who buys what for them.They don’t know how many gifts they get and often only pick up on the excitement of the day from parents or siblings.
    It’s much more sensible to scale back on gifts until they’re at least 5 and limit them to one gift per person perhaps a toy from one, clothes or a book from another.
    If you have a little spare cash then many stores carry donation boxes for toys or food or sometimes a local children’s home might welcome items for certain age groups that maybe a group of friends might try to satisfy.
    You’re a sweet lady Kim with a heart as big as a house.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • Very wise words, David, with excellent advice regarding taming my temptations! Perhaps next year I’ll collect from neighbors in our subdivision for the local charity house? A celebration of sorts followed by a cup of Christmas tea! Thank you for your kindness, David. Love to you this Christmas Season. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Luanne. I’ve just visited your fabulous site and am so happy to have discovered it! Only hoping for more time to re-visit more often in the future! Thank you for supporting me with such wise, heartwarming words. Love and Blessings.

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  5. A toy to a child who has none will mean much more than one more in a long list. All children deserve a little something but you’re right, the gift of safety, love and time with their families is the most valuable. You’re a star Kim

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    • Dear Olga, tears welling to think of such a compliment to me. Such overwhelming love in my heart thanks to you and all who support my work. If true what you say that I am a “star,” than only one of many in a sky as vast as the deep blue sea. How lucky are all of ‘we?’ Bless you sweet friend.

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  6. I go overboard sometimes. This year (although there are three presents each for the children under the tree) I didn’t spend too much at all on them. We have realised that the children don’t understand the value of a gift but they love to unwrap heaps. So many small items such as colouring books etc and one ‘big’ item wrapped separately will make their days.

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  7. I don’t yet have grandchildren (I wish I did), but this was a wonderful reminder to me that so many children get little if anything. I plan to get a few things and donate them. We do a bunch of regular charity donations, but a few actual toys and things are special for those who receive them. Many thanks for the reminder.

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