Monday, December 13, 2010
My Christmas Tree
Each year when we get out our Christmas tree and all the ornaments we enjoy looking back a little. Looking back on all the ornaments that each boy has received over the years from the ladies of Community Baptist Church of Reidsville, North Carolina. Every year the ladies' missionary circle make ornaments to send out to all the sons and daughters of the missionaries the church supports. They hang them on a tree way before Christmas (in July I believe) with the name of each boy or girl. Church members are then asked to choose an ornament, write a note to that missionary boy or girl, and give a gift of US$25.
Every year since each of my boys have been born they have been receiving these gifts. When William was just a little baby that $25 dollars bought his Christmas gifts that year. When the other boys were small, that was the money I had to buy each one some much needed new clothes. Now that the boys are older, we have been giving them the money to do with as they see fit. While in the States we opened a savings account for each boy and gave each one the equivalent of several years of "back-pay" from these gifts to deposit.
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