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Giving and Receiving: The Essence of Christmas and

Updated on December 24, 2015
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December 24, 2015, 5:00 o' clock in the afternoon, I was still in the midst of my afternoon nap when my maid woke me up saying "Madam, the driver is already here to fetch us; he is outside the gate waiting..." I was a bit disoriented as I forced myself to get up when I suddenly remembered that my precious look-alike granddaughter CyeCye, a first grader 6-year-old had called me the day before and asking what gifts I had prepared for her this Christmas.

Arriving at the gate of my daughter's home in Angeles City 30 minutes later my maid and the driver took from the trunk of the car all 5 boxes of toys I bought a week earlier; these toys are intended just for two of my six grandchildren. CyeCye and Claude are in the age where wrapped gifts are most exciting to receive; they are my daughter's children.

This is the first time I give gifts to my grandchildren at Christmas. When my first three grandchildren who are grown up now or at least teeners now were still babies and tots I used to give them gifts anytime of the year or on their birthdays but nothing like giving gifts on Christmas.

So what is so special in giving gifts at Christmas when I can give gifts any time of the year? I just discovered the answer now. I just realize that rather than philosophizing about it you have to do it to get the answers.

I give all the credit to my ever dearest husband, who is still away from me for five years now, but that’s another story. The idea of giving gifts to my grandchildren this Christmas started from him. In one of our daily chats this month he told me that he was planning to send gifts to all our six grandchildren whose ages range from 3 months to 20 years old…it was easy for the first three (I call them the first batch of grandchildren) whose ages are 20 and the twins who are 15; they are my son’s children in his first marriage. My hubby just sent cash for them…they know what they want and let them buy themselves from the cash gift they received.

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My task now is to find those toys that a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old tots could appreciate. Kids these ages nowadays are different from the kids I once had when my children were toddlers themselves. You just buy them a doll for the girl and an immobile car for the boy and you’re done, but it’s different these days. CyeCye now has her own office desk complete with a tablet and tiny computer, likewise with Claude. They imitate their Dad and Mom who work at home and having their home office; so the question remains what gifts are appropriate for this kind of kids?

So the doting grandma visited the toy shops and discovered several types of technical toys, and oh-my-gosh they are not cheap but really entertaining even to adults like me. Then I had decided first on two remote cars, one for each child and when I was to pay for them I discovered something else, the moving dinosaur and the barking-tricky robot dog so I bought them too plus more, an office desk, I didn’t know that both have already.

So here we go, I ended up spending P10k all in all but this included extra gifts such as a baby-nursing-doll in a baby cart for Iza, my son’ adopted daughter who CyeCye fondly calls my sister, the daughter of her new wife before they met and more, two sets of baby suits one for my three-month-old grand baby and the 4-month-old baby of my maid.

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After all the toy-shopping was done I felt a strange joy by just thinking of what the reactions of the kids would be; then CyeCye skyped me saying Merry Chistmas and the mention of the gifts.

This day had come and I saw how excited the kids are for their gifts…CyeCye and Claude hugged me…CyeCye most especially said that she loves me and kissed me.

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For a 61-year-old grandma who lives alone with a maid and away from love ones this love from the grandchildren makes me feel like I want to live a hundred more years.

Giving at Christmas, I just realized actually benefits the giver by having a change of mental attitude towards life as a whole and as a result of the loving responses from the receivers. I had been brought to the hospital twice this year for high blood pressure and gall bladder stones and remembering those times when I felt like I wanted to die and that my love ones have no need of me…Christmas is the best time to give joy and receive the blessings the whole season is affecting both the giver and the receiver. It’s the season symbolizing the giving and receiving of love that makes life meaningful. Children’s’ innocent love to parents are very effective and lasting.

December 24, 2015, 5:00 o' clock in the afternoon, I was still in the midst of my afternoon nap when my maid woke me up saying "Madam, the driver is already here to fetch us, he is outside the gate waiting..." I was a bit disoriented as I forced myself to get up when I suddenly remembered that my precious look-alike granddaughter CyeCye, a first grader 6-year-old had called me the day before and asking what gifts I had prepared for her this Christmas.

Arriving at the gate of my daughter's home in Angeles City 30 minutes later my maid and the driver took from the trunk of the car all 5 boxes of toys I bought a week earlier; these toys are intended just for two of my six grandchildren. CyeCye and Claude are in the age where wrapped gifts are most exciting to receive;they are my daughter's children.


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