I received a doll every Christmas. The year I turned 11, I saw the most wonderful doll in the candy store window and wanted her more than I had ever wanted any doll. She had long blonde hair and was wearing an exquisite gown complete with matching hat and umbrella. She was beautiful and I fell in love with her at first sight.
When I got home, I told my mother about the doll I wanted from Santa. Mom’s reply really surprised me. “Nancy, you’re a big girl now, and probably too old for dolls.” Really! I hadn’t expected that. I waited for Christmas with great hope that I would get this beautiful doll, but every time I went to town, the doll was still in the window! On Christmas morning the doll was waiting for me. Joy, joy, joy!
I didn’t know until years later that the doll cost $80 (in 1951). Because my older brother knew the family who owned the candy store, the price of the doll was reduced so his little sister could have the last doll she would ever wish to own! I still have the doll and she still makes me smile with joy because my brother helped my mom fulfill my Christmas wish and a kind, generous candy store owner understood the importance of a doll to a child about to outgrow childish things. I’m still grateful for the love and kindness shown me that Christmas.
~ Nancy Shaw
Blessed Lord, sometimes we do not realize the sacrifices that are made to give gifts that others will enjoy. We thank You that You loved the world so much that You gave us Your Son. We also thank You for our families and for the many sacrifices they made or make to bring smiles to our faces not just at Christmas but throughout the year. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.