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A Childs's Christmas Giving... A 5-yr-old With 5 Dollars

Updated on November 26, 2009
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My daughter, Alexandra, has always been a loving and giving person, even when she was a little girl. One of my fondest Christmas memories is of the year that she did her own holiday shopping.

Alex earned an 'allowance' for making her bed, picking up her toys, that kind of thing. I don't remember how much her allowance was, but it was probably about two or three dollars a week. She also picked up the occasional dollar here and there from Grandma, who loved to sneak dollars and assorted candy into her pockets when Mommy wasn't looking.

One year at Christmastime, when Alex was in Kindergarten, she announced that she wanted to buy her own gifts for the family, stating "I have money, Mommy."

My husband and I thought it was a great idea. My mother-in-law (the sneaking-candy-in-the -pocket grandma) thought it was terrible.

"You're going to make that baby use her own money!"

But Grandma came around when she saw how excited Alex was about the idea.

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Since Alex was also making some gifts at school, and her funds were limited, we helped her decide to buy gifts for the people she would see Christmas evening:

-her candy-sneaker grandma,(my mother-in-law, a German immigrant who told it like it was and whom we all loved dearly)

-her two cousins, 10-yr-old William, and 16-yr-old Barry, (who lived with Grandma, and were like big brothers to her)

-and my parents: Grandpa, and Magra (Magra was a name given to my mother many years ago when my niece couldn't say 'Grandma') .

So, one Sunday afternoon in December, with five one-dollar bills in her little purse that looked like a strawberry, we took our little girl, with the big hazel eyes and curly brown hair, to the Dollar Store.

Alex took her mission seriously, and carefully considered what each person would like.

After much time spent wandering in the aisles and looking at almost the entire inventory of the Dollar Store (and if you've been to the Dollar Store, you know they have a HUGE inventory) my daughter had made her selections.

This is what she chose.

-William: A hand held plastic pinball game. "William plays video games alot and this is like that"

-Barry: A box of Lemonhead candies. "Barry likes candy. He always has it in his room and he gives me some."

-Grandma: a vanilla-scented candle. "Grandma likes stuff that smells good."

-MaGra: a small porcelain vase with little flowers "Magra has flowers in her backyard so she would like this."

-and for Grandpa: a writing pen "Grandpa sits at his desk and writes stuff"

The grand total was $5.24. (She even stood at the register and paid the cashier, Daddy giving her a quarter to cover the tax.)

Later that evening, Alex wrapped the presents herself in red and green tissue paper. We helped her tag them with each person's name, and she placed them under our tree.

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On Christmas Day, we all went to Grandma's for dinner. My daughter brought her family gifts in her little Elmo backpack.

After dinner we all sat down to open presents. Alex proudly distributed her gifts,'reading' their names on the tag as she handed them to each personĀ  Grandma, Barry, Wiiliam, Magra and Grandpa.....She was so excited about playing 'Santa.'

As each person carefully unwrapped their gift, we all looked on, "ooh-ing" and "aww-ing" at how nice the presents were.

Of course, everyone genuinely loved their gift, especially knowing that she picked them out herself, putting careful thought into what each person would like.

Alex was so proud to tell her family that she had paid for the presents with her own money, and even wrapped them. And we were all so proud of her.

My little girl is now 18 years old. She has graduated from High School, drives her own car, and has her own life. The strawberry purse and the Elmo backpack are long gone.

Yet she still looks forward to Christmastime each year, and still carefully considers the gifts that she is going to give.

And to this day, we all remember and hold fond memories of that particular Christmas

When Alexandra was five years old and had five dollars.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Thank you Laura, I'm glad you liked this story. Take care and enjoy every moment with your precious little girl!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      How totally sweet my little girl is five now (yes I started late) I can just picture your little girl and how proud she was. You painted a nice picture.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Thanks for sharing your experiences too, PartyAnimal. I guess someday our kids will be telling these stories to their children. Thank you for your nice comments. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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      ThePartyAnimal 7 years ago

      What a great story. This is something my kids do as well. When they were young the would go into the Dollar store and have free reign to buy whatever they wanted for the family. I loved the surprise of what they chose. They still do this and my daughter gets to do it at school in a workshop they host each year. My son this year went to the $5 and below and did his shopping since they do not have the workshop in the Middle School. I also have them hand make ornaments for us and the rest of the family - I think those gifts are extra special. Thanks for sharing such a sweet story of giving. So nice to hear.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thank you ethel, glad that you enjoyed this hub! and yes I had a lovely Christmas, hope that you have a Happy New Year

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      What a lovely Christmas story, all the better because it happened.Hope you had a lovely Christmas

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      kayla, get some crayons or markers and make a picture of you and your mom together, take some time to make it very special...she will love it.

      It's better than any present that you could buy.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      itakins, yes,I am blessed to have my daughter.. thanks for your comments

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      kayla 7 years ago

      i love my mommy but i dont have a presant

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      What a beautiful story-honestly ,I choked up-it's so cute.What a great little girl.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Now thats a good idea, perhaps she will be a business woman... thanks for your comment, Cleanclover!

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      Cleanclover 7 years ago from Piece of land!

      Will your daughter be a bussinesswoman one day? I think she will :-)

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Thanks CM, I'm so glad that you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Firesdust, I'm happy to share. Thank you so much.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Lovely Hub and a very beautiful story. It's what Christmas is really all about.

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      Firedust 7 years ago

      That was beautiful and heartwarming thank you

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      I'm happy that you enjoyed this story, and proud that you want to share it with others, thank you Duchess!

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Absolutely lovely! I'm sharing this one! What a big heart your daughter has. You must be one proud mom!

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thank you, Laura for your comments..we started with her own idea, and were happy to encourage her!

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      What a heart-warming story. The fact that you allowed her to use her own money and make giving so special was a lesson that will stay with her forever.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      A.M., I'm so fortunate to have such a great daughter, yes I'm very proud of her. Thanks so much for your comments.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Feline, thank you so much for your warm wishes!

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      A.M. Gwynn 7 years ago

      This is a sweet story.

      I know a lot of kids at that age, would have really wanted to use that $5 for something they wanted.

      I know you're proud of her, then and now...

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      What a truly lovely story! May you have many more wonderful family Christmases together! :)

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      wow. I'm humbled, cosette, thank you so much. Hope you enjoyed this hub as much as I do yours.

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      cosette 7 years ago

      omg....i almost cried reading this. what a wonderful girl, and great parents and family. beautiful, beautiful hub!

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      you're very welcome, Lisa, and thank you for so faithfully visiting and commenting on my hubs!

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      Lisa J Warner 7 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      What a sweet memory...Thank you for sharing..

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thanks so much for your comments, Veronica and alek, I'm happy to share this with you

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Very lovely story. Children can be so charming, loving and giving. Thanks for sharing.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      This was absolutely beautiful. The fact that your daughter was so generous and kind at such a young age (and still to this day from what you mentioned), says a lot about you and your husband's generosity. Thank you for sharing this memory with us.