I recently read via a Facebook post about a mother who transitions her kids from receiving from Santa – to becoming a Santa. She knows they are ready for this responsibility when they start asking if Santa is real. Among other details in the way she introduces this concept to them is to have them come up with their own idea of how they can be a Santa to someone they know – without the other person ever finding out it was them. In one example, the child noticed a neighbor walking outside every morning in bare feet to get her paper. He chose to get her slippers. He secretly placed the gift where she would find it and all the note said was ‘Merry Christmas – from Santa’. He noticed the next morning that she was wearing the slippers as she came out to get her paper. The mother taught her son about really paying attention to what may be needed and the woman wearing the slippers the next morning was the thank you. It’s a great opportunity to understand what unselfish giving really means.
In my small hometown, there are 7 individuals that plan a meal and organize about 50 volunteers on Christmas day every year – all from donations from the community. The 300 to 450 individuals that come to enjoy the meal come for several reasons; They may be individuals that don’t have the resources to have this kind of elaborate meal, they are those in the community that would be alone on this important day or those that have family come to town and this is where they see all their friends every year. For whatever reason, they never have less than 300 people show up to eat.