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Re: Christmas giving programs

Yes...I understand that feeling too Melody (yet another thing we have in
common). I think that's why folks like you and me and others who have
had that experience try so hard to make sure that does not happen with
our own children.

Melody <mhobertm@excite.com> wrote:
Jesse: I think the key ingredient there is that your kids have always
known they are loved and are special. I guess if you have that, being
poor isn't the issue it is when what you want more than anything in the
world is to know why you aren't good enough for your own parents to

Melody Hobert-Mellecker
Director, Stewardship & Religious Education
St. Joseph's Parish, Hills, IA

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." 
--Albert Einstein

--- On Thu 12/02, Jesse Bell < silverhawk@flash.net > wrote:
From: Jesse Bell [mailto: silverhawk@flash.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 07:29:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Christmas giving programs

Yeh...I tried like crazy to make Christmas special for my three
when they were young...and I was dirt poor. I made most of their
and had put their Christmas gifts on layaway at Wal-Mart for 3
before so I could pay it off...and it was coats, shoes, etc. I
felt sad and more like a failure that I couldn't provide more
for them.
Then last year...when I talked to my kids about adopting a
family and we
talked about what it was like when they were
little...they looked at me,
stunned and said, "We had no idea we were
poor...those were wonderful
times and Christmas was the best!" I
cried. It made me feel good that
what I tried so hard to
accomplish....worked. I just wanted them to feel
loved and special.
And to appreciate what they have.

Thanks for the first-hand report of what the season can
mean to those
who live without a securely funded homelife. We didn't
have a lot
growing up (though more than you), but didn't really
notice, because we
had what counts and my family did make sure we had
some of the sparkle
to go with the basics.

I hope that every
less fortunate child this year will have an angel to provide them with
warm socks AND something fun.


Original message -------------- 

> Just a thought...as a child
whose family often had to rely on the 
> kindness (or not) of others
for Christmas, I learned at a very young age 
> not to expect too
much...Santa was a fantasy long before I'd hit my 
> sixth
birthday...the disappointment every year was just too much. 
Anything we got beyond the requisite socks and underwear was a bonus.

> Especially around this time of year, I feel truly saddened by the
> that in this country where so much wealth abounds that it is
> shameful, there are tens of thousands more children who
will learn the 
> same lessons of going through life expecting that
very little of the 
> prettier t

hings in life will ever come their way. The disillusionment of 
poverty can be crippling...emotionally and spiritually deadening any

> belief in joy and removing forever any possible belief in magic.
To this 
> day, I can only celebrate Christmas with half a heart and
if it weren't 
> for the miracles of my children's smiles on that day
when they wake up 
> and for a few hours the world and all the pretty
things is theirs for 
> the taking, I doubt I'd even manage that. I
try very hard to ground my 
> children in the more spiritual aspects
of this season all year 
> long...they truly appreciate the gift of
Jesus as their personal 
> Savior...and on more than this one day, so
I find it easier to indulge 
> them on Christmas. And I know that as
long as I am alive, my kids will 
> never, ever wake up to just socks
and underwear for Christmas. 
> Sorry...off the soapbox
now. Except to say perhaps that before one turns 
> to making
generalizations about poor kids stealing things, one ought to 
> look
at the incidence of shoplifting and kleptomania among more affluent

> members of our society...it far exceeds that done by poorer
> Melody 
> "The most beautiful thing
we can experience is the mysterious." 
> --Albert Einstein 

> --- On Wed 11/24, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote: 
> From:
Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net] 
> To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 13:07:22 -0500 
> Subject: Re: [CHAT]
Christmas giving programs 
> I agree the basics are important,
but the "wants" for material 
> things
shouldn't be overlooked at
Christmas. It doesn't have to be 
> bling, but with
serviceable tube socks, couldn't you include one 
> pair with pink
around the edge? It's Cmas and everyone needs a 
> little
It is sad that the assumption is that anything a poor 
child wants but
doesn't get will be stolen. I know some of that will

> happ

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