After he unwrapped his
gifts on Christmas morning, 6-year old Henry's mother
asked him which one of his presents he would donate to
She sat him on her lap and
explained to him that sharing with those who were less
fortunate was part of the holiday spirit and how that
child who was less fortunate would probably receive only
one gift for
Christmas. The boy eventually agreed to part
with one of his gifts after
a long persuasion.
The next day, the boy spread his gifts in front of him
to decide which one to part with. It was a difficult
His eyes scanned over the ivory-coloured flute, the red
choo choo train, Transformers school bag, and the yellow
toy car with doors that really opened.
He decided that he will part with the flute. “Where do
we take it ?”, he asked his mother. She explained that
there was a donation box two streets away and that the
people who emptied this box would make sure that it got
to a child who needed a gift.
This parting with a
gift on Christmas became a
When he was 10 years old, the boy loved every gift he
received that the decision needed to be made by
eenymeny-miny-mo and a set of wooden chess was picked.
“I really love these Mom”, the boy said.
She said that he could select something else but there
wasn’t any one which he wanted to let go. His mother
left the room and returned with a piece of cardboard,
some coloured pencils and his erasers collection.
Together they created a board and set of chess. “I'm
sure no one else would have the same set of chess!”, he
Two years later when he saw the chess set at his friend
Jerry’s house. Jerry had told him that she received it
during Christmas at the orphanage before she was
Henry fought back the temptation to say , “It was me - I
made that”. He couldn't describe the feeling seeing how
much Jerry treasured the home-made chess set. The ritual
of giving continued into adulthood and was eventually
passed on to Henry's son.
"What was the best
gift you got for Christmas?" His 5 year old
Henry wanted to explain that the best gift he ever
received didn’t come in a box, it wasn’t wrapped and he
couldn’t even hold it in his hand.
It was actually the joy in watching the
as the gift-receiver
opened the gifts. Material gifts can be precious but the
greatest gifts that we can give are more than those.
The receivers of these
material gifts are often initially unaware of what they
are actually receiving.
The gifts of love,
forgiveness, sharing, and caring are the most valuable
For these are the
gifts that we can give away but still keep.
By the way, Henry’s story was shared to us by one of our
new staff. We thought this is a very special Christmas
story that we want to share with you. We at
Pods and Petals’ Giftlab
are passionate about passing on these
for you. We desire to convey the message exactly the way
you wanted them to be. Visit
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your selection today!
We wish you a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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