CHRISTMAS is almost here. Even if you don’t look at the calendar, you can tell by the excitement in the children’s faces and the knowing sparkles in the parent’s eyes as they tell the story of Santa Claus before bedtime. And they’ve answered the age-old, Guam Christmas question, “How does Santa bring us presents if we don’t have a chimney?” Don’t worry, little ones, Santa always finds a way.
The Sugar Plum Tree gifts have all been purchased, wrapped and delivered to those who provided the requests. The Sugar Plum Tree partners with many local organizations to provide gifts for Guam children, the elderly and disabled. This year they brought in more than 900 gifts, from bicycles, to cameras, to toiletries, to sheet sets. The generosity of Guamanians shines brightly, especially at this time of year.
So, it’s almost here, just a few more days and I’ll spend an intimate Christmas morning with Christine and our kids. Christine and I will curl up on the couch and watch the kids opening gifts – one by one. With hugs and kisses and ‘thank you’s’ and ‘I love you’s.’ It’s a warm and special feeling that comes on Christmas morning. I love spending time with my family more than anything else in the world.
Then after the stockings have been emptied, the Christmas tree has been relieved of all its presents and the living room is filled with wrapping paper, we’ll go to Christmas Mass to pay our respect to the person Christmas is really about. Christmas is the birthday of our lord, Jesus Christ. It is the birth of the child who eventually taught mankind the importance of kindness and generosity to others and eventually gave the ultimate sacrifice for mankind. It’s ironic that this day should become so commercialized above any other holiday.
But, it’s up to all of us to remember and share the real reason for Christmas. Christmas is a time for giving and loving and a time to provide an act of kindness to people you know and someone you don’t know. Mother Teresa said, “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you ... yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.”