A few days ago, we got our Christmas tree put up, and the other boxes of Christmas decor out. As we have put touches here and there around the house, Josiah has been more interested than in previous years about this thing called “Christmas”. I field the question, “But Mom, when is it going to be Christmas?” about 7 times a day. Each time he is disappointed to learn that no, today is not yet the day.
But on Sunday night, his grandparents brought over a little present for us all to open…inside were ornaments for each member of the family, including one for Jay and I. Taking his cue from Grammy, Josiah must have decided that even though it was not yet Christmas day, at least it was high time to start the giving and receiving of gifts. The next morning I found him hard at work trying to tie a piece of string around the same box Grammy’s ornaments had been packaged in.
“What are you trying to do?” I asked him.
“I need to tie the string on this box. It’s a present for you, Mommy!” he replied.
Of course I helped tie the string, which pleased him greatly. Beaming from ear to ear, he held out “his” present to me…
“Here you go, Mommy…it’s your Christmas present from me!” he said.
I opened the box to find these treasures:
A beautiful pointsettia ornament (strangely similar to the one my in-laws had given me just the night before).
A drawing of a turtle, done by Josiah himself.
And a magnetized chip clip.
“The clip is so you can hang my turtle picture on the ‘frigerator” Josiah explained to me. Well of course it is…how clever!
I love my present from my littlest guy! I love even more that at his tender age, he is learning that part of Christmas is about giving gifts to others, just as our Heavenly Father gave the greatest gift to us more than 2000 years ago.