Marjorie Tallcott was married and had one child during the Great Depression. The family managed to scrape their way through, but as Christmas approached one year Marjorie and her husband were disappointed that they would not be able to buy any presents. A week before Christmas they explained to their six year old son, Pete, that there would be no store-bought presents this Christmas. “But I’ll tell you what we can do” said Pete’s father, “we can make pictures of the presents we’d like to give to each other.”
That was a busy week. Marjorie and her husband set to work. Christmas Day arrived and the family rose to find their skimpy little tree made magnificent by the picture presents they had adorned it with. There was luxury beyond imagination in those pictures- a black limousine and red speedboat for Dad, a diamond bracelet and fur coat for mum, a camping tent and a swimming pool for Pete.
Then Pete pulled out his present, a crayon drawing of a man, a woman and a child with their arms around each other laughing. Under the picture was just one word: “US”.
Years later Marjorie writes that it was the richest, most satisfying Christmas they ever had.
It took a present-less Christmas to remind Marjorie and her family that the greatest gift we can ever offer is ourselves, our presence. This too is the great gift that Christ offers us, not only at Christmas but throughout the year – himself. If he was to draw a gift perhaps it would be just like Pete’s: three people with their arms around each other laughing – human community with Christ at the centre.
Source: Reported in Illustrations Unlimited
Thank you so much I really want appreciate you doing really helpful ideas we stop our kids to give a gift the past 5 years we told them God give as a good gift so we have to give to other a gift so we feed homeless people or they buy a gift to give to Salvation Army so the love it thank you again God bless you and your family merry Christmas 🙏🏾
Amen and thank you 🙏🏽 It’s wonderful and amazing to hear you are teaching your children the true meaning of Christmas. You are truly teaching them one of the the best lessons they will ever learn in life, by feeding and gifting the poor. May God bless you and your family 🙏🏽