Wanted: Santa Claus & Charity. Kids Included!
Santa Claus comes in every shape you can imagine and at times, he doesn't even wear a red suit or a hat. It is 'the spirit' of Christmas this guy is all about.
- I'm Ready
- The other Reason We Went
- Take it All In!
- Here Comes, Tristan Claus!
- The door Opened
- We then...
- We went back...
Dan and I had the pleasure of taking our grandson Tristan, to the hospital were he was born in, some 19 months ago. As a grandparent, I find it is our responsibility to help mold Tristan. We are not the main adults in his life, as he does have two wonderful parents that love and adore their time with him. I just feel, raising a child, is a family project.
Charity has been very important to me and I learned it from my mama. When my children were growing up, I tried to show them by example, that we give to one another, we look outside of ourselves and feel compassion for others. Especially to those that are in need.
My kids have done exactly what was shown to them by my husband and I (also others in their lives), they have proven this to us, time and time again. Take the time to instill this one attribute into your loved ones heart, the love of giving.
I also have found that it is not too early to start with your child. This is one of the reasons why we decided to take Tristan with us to the hospital, so he could play Santa Claus and feel the joy of giving.
We try to help at least one family every Christmas season, last year we were unable to do so, it was a tough year for us financially, as it was with so many. This year we are able to give a few gifts.
Picture: Tristan has his Santa Claus hat in tow, a drink (playing Santa Claus makes you thirsty), he was strapped in for our long ride to the hospital and that beautiful smile, showed me, he was ready to go.
The other Reason We Went
As Granddaddy, Tristan and I, were on the way to the hospital, I could not help but think of the other reason why we picked a hospital to give to this year. Yes there were tears coming out of my eyes when this came to mind.
You see, our nephew Nick, passed away this year. Nick was just a young man of 28 and recently married to a wonderful young lady. We were all excited for Nick, he seemed so happy and his life was going good. Then one day, he was gone.
I have no doubt if Nick was still down here on earth, he would have loved to be right next to us, as the presents were being delivered.
Take it All In!
Dan, Tristan and I arrived at the hospital and we were a little latee. You see, Granddaddy, got lost, trying to find the hospital. The last time Dan and I made this trip, was the night our sweet Tristan was born.
We had so many things to do and time was not on our side tonight but, Tristan's eyes caught a glimpse of the Christmas tree and he just had to stop and admire its beauty.
That is one thing I have learned since raising my two, to stop and really take a close look at the child in your life and savor every moment. Before you know it, they will have grown up and pursuing their own path in life.
After all three of us admired the beautiful Christmas tree and of course, I had to take a few pictures.
Granddaddy, I and our little Santa Claus, started our trek towards the pediatrics ward. Well, we did have to go up and down the elevator a few times. You see, grandparents can do this, it is in our contracts.
Yes kids, you are allowed to play in elevators but, only with Gammy and Granddaddy, of course.
I have recited 'The Night before Christmas.', many times throughout the years. This year though, I decided I will write 'our' own little version.
Here Comes, Tristan Claus!
Granddaddy, Tristan and I, walked hand and hand, down the hallway of the hospital, were Tristan was born in.
The nurses were waiting, for us to appear, as I had already called them and informed them, we were near.
Granddaddy handed Tristan a gift, I grabbed my camera, ready to shoot, as Tristan handed it to the nurse...
with a smile too boot.
The nurse smiled at Tristan, Tristan smiled back. The nurse was about to say thank you, but our Tristan beat her at that.
Tristan looked over to Granddaddy and put out his hand, Tristan wanted more gifts, to give to his new friends.
just did not want to quit, and so Granddaddy handed Tristan...
Gift after gift.
When Granddaddy's hands were empty, Tristan looked over to me.
I knelt down beside Tristan, gave him a hug. I turned to his sweet face and softly said...
"I'm sorry little one, thank you for giving, but all of your gifts, have been given."
Tristan looked at the nurses, with that sweet little grin.
All the nurses said "Thank you", as they waved good bye, to their new, little friend.
As we turned and headed towards the door, I wondered if this little guy, will ever remember...
Just how much joy, his little hands had given.
The door Opened
Tristan grabbed Granddaddy's hand. Granddaddy looked down to Tristan and said "You did good boy, and gave you did.".
Tears welled up in my eyes...
Just too be able to see, these two great guys, walking away from me.
We rode up and Down the elevator a couple of times...
Okay, it was three.
Arrived back to the lobby, where the Christmas lights gleamed.
I knew Tristan would want to say 'bye bye', to the Christmas tree.
To my amazement, that was not what he did, Tristan walked over to the manger scene, stood there and just stared.
I grabbed my camera and I started to snap, but after one picture, I just had to stop!
I grabbed a tissue and wiped my eyes.
Knowing that the spirit of Christmas...
Was alive in our lives!
We went back...
To the car and tucked the little guy in. Granddaddy drove down the street and to home, we went.
Tristan was excited and he was dancing around, but before the second verse of jingle bells...
Our little Santa Claus, just had to shut down.
Granddaddy and I, looked back at our Tristan, all we could think of...
Is how this boy, has made our life glisten.
I would like to say one more thing, if you don't mind...
May all of you...
Take the ones you love, grab a gift or two and give it to someone, that you never, even knew.
May you and yours, have a very, Merry Christmas!
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