I Believe In Christmas Bears
.....And Hugs, Too!

The Christmas Gift

The story goes that some time ago,
a man punished his 3-year-old daughter
for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper.

Money was tight and he became
infuriated when the child tried to decorate
a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought
the gift to her father the next morning
and said, "This is for you, Daddy".

He was embarrassed by his earlier
overreaction, but his anger flared again
when he found the box was empty.

He yelled at her, "Don't you know that
when you give someone a present,
there's suppose to be something inside it?"

The little girl looked up at him with tears
in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it is not empty.
I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy".

The father was crushed. He put his arms
around his little girl and
he begged for her forgiveness.

It is told that the man kept that gold box
by his bed for years and whenever he was discouraged,
he would take out an imaginary kiss and
remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as humans
have been given a gold container filled with unconditional
love and kisses from our children, friends, and family.

There is no more precious possession
anyone could hold.

Especially for Evan and Haley
Christmas 1999