Thursday, December 17, 2009
Pink Saturday, The Gift of Giving
oday is Pink Saturday and the lovely Bev from How Sweet The Sound is hosting the day. Bev asked us to write about our favorite Holiday tradition.
My family's favorite tradition was taught to us by my mother. She always found ways to give to the poor this time of year.
Nestled in the cozy town of South Burlington, Vermont is a lovely complex for Retired folks.
My mom lives there and it is the sweetest place.
Every year she collects food for the poor just like she has always done throughout all my Christmas memories.
She takes the shuttle bus from her complex over to the local Supermarket and picks up the apple boxes that she will use for both her her building and the building across from hers.
She carefully arranges them and puts up signs everywhere asking for food donations. Last year she collected 550 pounds of food.
This year she was a bit worried how much food she would collect, given the economy.
Many of the people living there are on social security and barely make ends meet.
Yesterday she told me that she is overwhelmed with gratitude. Mom told me the boxes are overflowing this year with food, which will be picked up on Monday.
What an example, what a reminder that many of these people from my mom's generation lived through the depression. They stood on bread lines and lines waiting for a cake of soap.
This is a generation of true compassion and an example to all of us to take any opportunity this Christmas to give to the less fortunate.
I heard Marmee say when Joyce and I attended A Fireside Christmas at Orchard house a few weeks ago...
"No matter how poor we are or feel, there is always someone else who has less than we do."
I wrote a story about my favorite Christmas called The Gift of Christmas on my Christmas Blog. Another memory of a special chapter with my mom, filled with Christmas miracles to warm your heart.
Here is a photo of my mom, Doris when she was a little girl. Although Doris just turned eight-three last June, that same sweet spirit is still alive lighting up whenever she has an opportunity to give.
Oh, and I have this little watercolor painting of a Christmas tree that I would like to give away. Just leave a comment and I will announce the winner on Monday so that I surely get it in the mail in time for Christmas.
The song for this post is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.