What I gave for presents this Christmas
It’s in a white envelope and it’s colored violet…… oh yes it’s “money”. This Christmas “money” is what I give out to my godchildren, nieces and nephews.
Why? Because although I have time to go shopping, I don’t know what is the best gift to give away on each one of them. Last Christmas 2010, I gave away things that I have picked personally based on what I think they will like but since its normal for some kid to be envious (especially those with the same ages) they want what the other one has received and vice versa. I am hurt whenever I see them asking if they can exchange gifts with each other, so now, I decided to just give them money and let them choose what they want to have.
When we were young, we usually received money as a gift because our godmother and some relatives are at very far away places so they just see us during reunions and don’t know how much we’ve grown since the last time they have seen us, so giving money is the safest thing they can give. Others said that giving money is not cool at all since the parent of the child is the one getting it and enjoying Christmas. Well, somehow it’s true but if the parent did get the money that their children received I believe that they will use it for their children’s sake too, so for me it’s okay.
I remember my mom always get my gift money when I was a child and she used it to buy new shoes, clothes or school supplies because her earnings was just enough for our everyday needs. So, it’s only during Christmas we get new things in the closet.
One more reason that I don’t feel like giving away tangible gifts this year is that I am not feeling the season much because of the tragedy that typhoon Sendong did at Mindanao. I would like to help those people even how little or simple it is. I think it’s better than giving nothing at all.
I saw that the most number of casualty were children so as a mom, I am deeply hurt to see it. We didn’t even buy a lot of food for our Noche Buena since I know some don’t have any to eat at all.
Next year I hope to have more sidelines and opportunities so that I can save some for my family and give more to others.
Merry Christmas everyone and hoping for a better New Year!