ANGEL TREE Explanation

My Dad and Step-Mom have annually been adopting up to 4 angels from the Angel Tree each year which I have always found to be so kind and amazing!  This year, I felt a tug to take part in helping to make a child’s Christmas better.   I asked my Step-Mom to pick up an angel while she was out picking hers and just asked that she get a child that is around the same ages of my kiddo’s… it didn’t matter if it was a boy or a girl.

I was excited to get our Angel.  Her name is Alihya.  She is 3years old and her want was for a hand held game and her need was a sweater. 

The important thing for me this year was explaining this to Ryan.  I think of our kids, he can understand better than Reese or Rayne since they are much younger.  I never realized how difficult it would be to explain this and need to find some better ways of explaining it next year.  Here’s how our conversation went.

Me:  Ryan, I want to talk to you about something very important.  Gammy is on her way over to give us a slip of paper for an Angel we have adopted.
Ryan: WHAT!? Like a real Angel is coming over?
Me: No not exactly.  There is a little girl who we have adopted and sadly she does not have a Mommy or Daddy and we are going to make sure she has a very Merry Christmas!
Ryan:  OOOh, so she is coming over for Christmas and she’s an Angel?
Me:  Well, she isn’t coming over and she doesn’t know who we are.  We are sortof the Angel for her giving her gifts to make her Christmas joyful.
Ryan: OOOh, so we can fly around like an angel and bring her presents?

Maybe 5 years old is still too early to explain this process because the more we talked about it, the more I realized I have no idea what I’m saying.  In my heart of hearts, I am imagining a little girl who has no family or home but I think I have that wrong.  I think parents can actually enter the program for their children when they are in a situation where they cannot afford a Christmas.  So, next year I’ll do my best to be better prepared to explain the situation to Ryan and probably Reese.  I was having a hard time deciphering between our little girl Alihya being the Angel or if we were the Angel for her.  Nonetheless, Alihya hopefully will have a beautiful Christmas. I hope she is surrounded by family that love her and can enjoy the hand held game, coloring books with crayons, warm clothes and fun slippers for the winter season. 

There are so many ways we can make the season one to remember!  Whether its donating food to a local food bank, dropping a coin or two into a tin by the gracious person ringing a bell or adopting an Angel, we can all make a difference in someone’s life.  I hope by starting this year with the Angel Tree, we can keep this apart of our family for years to come so that Ryan, Reese & Rayne will grow up with an understanding and respect for Giving.

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4 comments:

becca said...

what an awesome kid

Stacie said...

It's a great lesson and even if he doesn't quite get it all, I think on some level he can understand what it is to help someone in need. Our school kids here take a tour of a local ministry that has a food pantry and a Christmas toy store where parents in need can shop for cents on the dollar for their kids. Maybe finding a local ministry and seeing if he can get a tour might help, possibly even sort food. A hands on experience might help him. A shoebox for Operation Christmas Child is also a great lesson he can see, to purchase items and fit them in the box and try to understand that some kids will have just that. You are so smart to be teaching them about giving at such an early age!

Emmy said...

Good good for you!! And yes they might not totally understand it- but they will understand the spirit of giving and helping others.

And often people that are in need can submit their kids names as you said. When I worked for DCFS we had a lot of needy families that we would get signed up for programs like this.

Emmy said...

Good good for you!! And yes they might not totally understand it- but they will understand the spirit of giving and helping others.

And often people that are in need can submit their kids names as you said. When I worked for DCFS we had a lot of needy families that we would get signed up for programs like this.

 
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