Like most families, this time of year can bring joy but also stress. I know for our family in particular, this year has been a rough one. Although a lot of great things have happened to us this year, we have had a few struggles and trying to find the money to make the best of this Christmas has been a hard road. I have never overdone Christmas here with any of my kids and this year will be no exception but even just finding a small amount to get a few great gifts was really stressing me and my husband out. I have never bought my kids so much stuff for Christmas that if this year we couldn’t afford much they would notice a huge difference and I also know that Christmas isn’t about gifts either, but try explaining that to 2 little boys who spend the month before Christmas writing letters to Santa. My kids also know that it isn’t all about the gifts either as you can tell by the Christmas lists that they all made this year.
My oldest, who will also be turning 11 on this wonderful Christmas day, asked if we could replace her Kobo which just died and won’t work, notebooks and pens and some earrings. My eight year old asked for jeans, a minecraft book and notebooks and pencils and even my 6 year olds list was super small with bubble blower topping out the list. As you can see, they haven’t really asked for much, which as a mom, makes me want to get them more. I have been stressing so much and just playing with numbers in the hopes that I could pull off even just a few really great things for them but I was really having a tough time.
My wonderful friend Jo-Anne, god love her, drove down to visit me a couple of weeks ago and she handed me a target gift card. I was able to get a couple of really great items for the kids with this and I am nothing but thankful for her friendship and her generousity. She is a great person and I am glad we met and are friends.
This past weekend was like any other except that on Friday I had a birthday party for my daughter at Glama Gal Tween Spa in Oakville (you will want to read this post coming next week) and my 8-year-old also went to a party with sleepover and my youngest went to his dads. Saturday I got up early picked my 8-year-old up, drove my daughter’s friend home that slept here and dropped them both off with their dad and came home. It was a regular Saturday night here with my hubby off at work and baby and I just hanging out and getting a few things done around the house to get ready for Christmas. Sunday morning I slept in until 10, which was heaven (minus the fact that little man didn’t go to bed until 3 a.m) and I came downstairs to get a coffee.
At that exact moment, the doorbell rang and the mailman handed me a package (I had no idea that they delivered on Sunday, who knew?) and out of habit I opened our mailbox. Inside was a red envelope that read “To Jessica Terry and Family, Merry Christmas!”. I love getting Christmas cards and I swear next year I will be better and send some out, but this was a card like no other. Inside of the card was a handwritten note that said “From our house to yours, Merry Christmas” and a pile of gift cards. I cried right there on the spot. I have no idea who left this card for my family or who even knew that we were struggling a little but thanks to whoever you are, my kids are getting a really good Christmas. I realize that it isn’t about the gifts and so do my kids. They love spending time with our extended family and seeing their cousins but at least I know now, thanks to our anonymous benefactor that they will be having a pretty great Christmas morning too.
So as I finish this post, I just need to put this out there. To whomever left us this wonderful card, I hope that you have an amazing Christmas just like the one we are going to have. I wish you nothing but the best for your holiday season and all of your coming years. I can never truly say thank you enough and since I will never know who you are, just know that the smiles on my children’s faces this Christmas will have a lot to do with your act of kindness and generousity. I will always remember this amazing act of kindness and out Christmas of 2014.
Has anything like this every happened to you? If so, would you mind sharing?