Last year we went into the Christmas season with no money.
Not knowing how or if you will be able to give your children Christmas presents is a terrible feeling.
And then, a Christmas miracle happened.
This year our financial situation isn’t any better, and again, I found myself sick with worry about how I would provide the kids with Christmas.
I had gotten a couple of hand-me-down things from friends to put under the tree.
But there were still some gifts I was hoping to get.
So I sent a Facebook message to some of my friends:
I was hoping to check a couple things off the list.
A few of my friends got back to me.
My running buddy left a surprise in the back of my car.
And then my friend M asked when she could come and drop some stuff off.
We decided on today at 2 pm.
M had sent out a message to a few of her friends, and she told me they had given her some stuff.
I got home from Number 6’s Christmas party today and she was waiting in my driveway.
I got out of the car.
She gave me a big hug.
And then she said,
“Don’t be overwhelmed,” and she opened the back of her minivan.
It was full.
Her neighbors and friends had not only donated some stuff their kids didn’t use anymore, but they had gone out shopping for us.
They had bought brand-new presents for my children.
And again, I have gone from not knowing how I was going to give my kids the Christmas they deserve to this:
I have spent the afternoon randomly bursting into tears.
I am overwhelmed. Humbled. Grateful.
Thank you to my friends.
Thank you to complete strangers.
Thank you for giving my children another incredible Christmas.
We have received so much that we will be able to do for some family what you have all done for us.
I hugged my friend and burst into tears multiple times today.
She told me not to cry, but it was impossible.
And then she said to me,
“I learned something important from this. All you need to do is ask for help.”
She is right.
There are so many good people out there.
People you know. And people you don’t.
They will help you.
They want to help you.
All you need to do is ask.
Miracles do happen, and the magic of Christmas is definitely alive.