Experiencing Christmas

My heart is SO full at the moment.
The last two days I have had the joy of experiencing what the real meaning of Christmas is all about.

Wednesday, I got to meet with my little guy that I "mentor"
{definition of mentor: pelt each other in the heads with dodgeballs, play Old Maid, and eat candy together}
Anyhow-with it being Christmas and all, I thought it would be a good idea to show that kid some love and bring him a few gifts.
After several "OH MY GOSH...YOU DID NOT NEED TO" moments,
 he decided what he wanted to do with one of the gifts I got him {candy canes}.

We marched throughout his whole school and handed out little candy canes to every teacher and volunteer we could find.
With every candy cane he gave, he offered a huge smile and belted out
 "Merry Christmas"
My heart melted.
Here is this child who does not receive much, but when he receives, chooses to give it away...
What a beautiful lesson to be learned.

Then there was Thursday.
I am so beyond blessed to work for the company that I do.
We give so much to the community and volunteer whenever possible.
For the past several years, our work as thrown a Christmas party for a local organization that houses "at risk" children.
For many of the children there, this is the only Christmas that they get.

You guys have no idea the impact this had on me.
I sit here in tears thinking about those little ones.
The genuine joy and appreciation they had for the 1 {maybe 2} gifts they got, was incredibly moving.
Have you ever had moments of intense joy and intense pain all at once?
That's how it was.

I came home last evening and tried putting into words to my husband what I witnessed,
and instead of words, I had tears.
Tears that I did not think I could ever stop.

Little spirits are so precious.
It is so hard for me to fathom why some children have to live the life they are living.
I literally do not understand.
And it tears up my insides to think about.
I so often truly forget how insanely blessed I am.

It was in those moments these past few days, I remembered what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.
It so easy to get caught up in the stresses of everything that is going on around us.
The gifts we have to buy {for the people who do NOT need them},
the time we put into making the presents look so pretty,
the meals we have to cook for our loved ones,
the decor we have to get up to make our homes look pretty,

It is in the moments of giving.
The moments of joy.
The moments of seeing a middle school student cry to santa that he does not care what he receives,
but that he just wants his family to have a good Christmas...

Those are the memories that I will remember forever.

May your heart be full this Christmas.

Love you all.



  1. Wow Erin this was the perfect post for me to read right now!! Thank you so much for sharing and remind me what The True Meaning of CHRISTmas is!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Lots of :)'s

    Meesh :)

  2. I can totally relate you this post! I've been meaning to write a post about giving to those who truly need this Christmas... but I have yet to do it. Every year, my husband and I choose 2 children (1 boy and 1 girl) from an angel tree and buy gifts for them. This year we did 3 because there was such a need. It's so sad how much some people are without. And here we are making lists of things we truly dont need... We decided that we would rather give to others than each other so this year, we did just that. I work with little ones (elementary school) and it's truly incredible how much they love and want to share with the people around them. Hope you and your family have a beautiful and blessed Christmas!!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. WOW!!! You have me crying! I too am MORE than blessed! But its always good to be reminded to be thankful! Thank you so much for sharing! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. This definitely tugged on my heart. ai adopted an angel through JcPenny this year. It feels good to give to a kid that otherwise would go without. Love this post!
    Merry Christmas.

  5. Amazing post.

    Truly made me remember the importance of Christmas. I like everyone else get caught up in the all the hustle and bustle. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

  6. I so needed to read this. Just today, I was complaining about the 17 places we need to be in three short days, and blah blah blah. I even said, "I just dread the holidays." But this post made me think... I should be so lucky to be able to spend the holidays with family and friends. Some people don't even get to see their parents at Christmas. And you know what, at every one of the 17 places I will go this weekend, you better believe I will have gifts to open. How could I be so selfish for thinking those things earlier? Bah! Merry Christmas Erin, to you, and your family. You are an inspiration. :)

  7. What a beautiful post, I could just feel how you felt when you said intense joy and intense pain all at the same time. It's overwhelming.
    I'm so glad those kids could smile this Christmas.
    Merry Christmas to you.

  8. Beautiful post, Erin! :)


  9. Lots of tears shed while reading this post. It is so easy to get caught up in what we want, or don't have...or the perfect gift for a family member, that we forgot how truly blessed we are. This post was amazing!

    Merry Christmas :)

  10. Such a great post!! <3 Made my eyes fill up with tears :) I hope you and your husband have an amazing Christmas!

  11. Erin this post is AMAZING. Those experiences you had are so wonderful and I wish everyone could experience them as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. You're awesome!!

  12. One of the best Xmas posts I have read girl. Every itty little bit is sooo true. Each Christmas I take the time to stop complaining about the "things I dont have done" yet, and remember thoughts such as yours written here.....have the Merriest of Christmases this year girl:) So happy we found each other!

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  13. beautiful post. i teared up reading the whole thing. merry christmas to you!!

  14. Awesome post! I am in tears myself. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for the reminder of what the season is supposed to be about.


  15. This was beautiful Erin. Thank you for sharing.

  16. This so perfectly put into words what I've been feeling lately. I work at an elementary school with the low income, high poverty kids. Most of the kids I work with don't have anything, no new clothes, no new shoes and some of them have never been in a toy store. It breaks my heart every time I hear them talking about something simple, like never playing a board game with their dad. But when we did our big school Christmas party for them, they were so quick to share their presents with everyone, and play with everyone. It's so sad, but it's so incredible to see them share like that.

  17. love this :) it's so true- not about the gifts one bit! i think thats easier to learn the older we get :) ps i LOVE your layout!

  18. Totally tearing up as I read this. I completely know what you mean. SO HUMBLING!!!! I hope you and your husband have a great Christmas. Oh my mercy....we are so blessed!

  19. I am a paralegal at my county's child protective services agency. This week volunteers came in to give our at risk/homeless/foster care children a Christmas that they couldn't even dream about. I can't even put it into words, but it will absolutely be one of my most memorable holiday moments. Merry Christmas!

  20. What an amazing post. What a sweet boy. Such a blessing. I'm a new follower and am excited to check back!

  21. Beautiful post! Definitely made me tear up reading about the sincere love in all those little hearts! Thanks for sharing and bless you for using your time to help others! <3


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