As a young child I can always remember rushing down the steps on Christmas
morning and looking around the tree for the biggest box. I always believed
that within the biggest box lied the most expensive and best gift. But as
time works it magic on the mind and soul of a young man, I soon realized each
and every gift was special, unique, and meaningful. In fact, those presents I
remember most are the gifts that came directly from the heart, such as one of
my mother's handmade sweaters or scarves. Christmas definitely is not about
the gift itself, but rather the thought behind the gift.
This Christmas I have already been blessed to receive the most beautiful and
amazing gift in the world, my girlfriend Angela. But I know the true meaning
of Christmas is found in the word "giving." So, this Christmas I promised
myself to search and find the most incredible gift for this most incredible
girl. I spent many days searching the crowded stores and scanning the
numerous holiday catalogs, but nothing seemed to stand out. As Christmas
quickly approached I wondered if I would ever find that "perfect" gift. I
decided to try the local mall one last time. Maybe I had missed a store or
new merchandise had just hit the racks and shelves. But as I quietly passed
from one store to the next, nothing attracted my eye. Somewhat defeated, I
slowly made my way to the mall exit. But before I could reach the doors, I
suddenly found that "perfect" gift.
No, this gift was not found in a fancy department store. It will not be
wrapped in pretty paper and adorned with ribbons and bows. In fact, this gift
doesn't have a receipt and can't be taken back. So, where did I find this
"perfect" gift and more importantly what is it? I found it in the eyes of an
elderly couple holding hands, I heard it in the playful words between a
grandfather and grandson, and I saw it in the actions of a proud new mother.
Yes, the gift is Love! So Angela, this Christmas I give to you
My Love and I
trust that you will always keep it with you!
Merry Christmas Angela and I LOVE YOU!