Ah, the sweet contentment of a heart unpolluted by the trappings of materialism.
For the record, I cannot imagine any of my children, lovely as they are, uttering that statement.
Not that they're greedy or spoiled, but my kids are more likely to tear through the wrappings of their presents in delirious excitement and then pause, look around, and double-check to make sure that they haven't missed any packages in the initial frenzy. They're more likely to want three gifts, not two. Seven gifts, not six. If you're giving them more of anything -- stuffed animals, helpings of dessert, an extra ten minutes of watching TV -- they'll gladly accept it.
It's a pretty typical kid reaction. In fact, it's a pretty typical human reaction. It's exciting to receive a gift, after all.
This is why I'm eager to partner with Operation Christmas Child, a non-profit organization that tangibly shares the love of Christ by providing children -- over 100 million children thus far, in fact -- with a shoebox full of Christmas gifts.
Every year, my daughters and I head to the store to buy the items for our shoeboxes: crayons, markers, notebooks, stickers, small stuffed animals, soap, toothpaste, hair clips, or other compact toys like bouncy balls or a jump rope. For many of these children, these shoeboxes will be the only gift that they receive all year.
In a small way, this experience not only encourages my children to realize how blessed we are, but also to consider how we can practically meet the needs of others. It's a learning process. If we gauge it by my three-year-old's reaction of clinging to the stuffed sock monkey while crying "my monkey" instead of putting it into her designated shoebox, it's one that we're still learning.
But if I gauge it by my eight-year-old, who corrected me when I temporarily halted our Operation Christmas Child shopping trek at Target to admire a scarf with a nudging "Come on, mom. Don't think about yourself right now," I'd say that it's a lesson that's starting to sink in.
Would you like to participate? You can learn how to pack a shoebox and find drop-off locations near you for this year's collection week, which runs until Monday, November 25. A shoebox has never been so valuable!