Published on December 22, 2020


The new mommy diaries

Spirit of Christmas is sharing with others less fortunate

By Stephanie Johnson / The Bulletin

Every family has traditions, such as leaving milk and cookies out for Santa, opening a gift on Christmas Eve right before going to bed, drinking hot chocolate while watching Charlie Brown on TV, or sharing Christmas with someone less fortunate.
I love all of these traditions.

My parents used to buy a tree every year, and we would come up with a theme for the decorations. Then we would decorate it as a family. The tree would then be given to a family that didn’t have a Christmas tree.

This was one of my favorite Christmas memories growing up, and it was fun coming up with the different themes.

One of my favorite themes was “Winter Wonderland.” Every decoration was blue and silver. Once the tree was decorated, the families got to choose which tree they wanted, and everyone had “that warm fuzzy feeling” - that feeling cannot be bought. It feels like Christmas.

My parents are now grandparents. This “kid” is now a new parent as of this year. Now that I have my own family, I wanted to start a new tradition, although I would like to continue the tradition of decorating a tree for a family once COVID is under control.

We decided to give a child from a needy family presents this year. I’ve always wanted to do this, and now it will be our family’s tradition.

We found a school that has a list of needy kids. We were looking to sponsor an older child because those children would remember if Santa left them out this year for financial reasons.

Bingo! We found a really cool kid. He likes Star Wars and Baby Yoda. My husband and I have similar interests, so that would make this shopping spree easy.

We had a blast shopping for him. We got him Star Wars and Baby Yoda everything, name-brand everything, and I even found a sold-out, impossible-to-find Baby Yoda toy. Score! I hope this makes this kid’s Christmas. It helped to make ours.

As we wrapped the presents, our baby sat across from us, watching and smiling at the shiny wrapping paper. It was truly a special moment. It brought back “that warm fuzzy feeling” that feels like Christmas - the feeling I haven’t felt since I was a kid decorating that special Christmas tree.

We are fortunate enough to be able to exchange Christmas presents with our family. We don’t have to worry about where our next hot meal will come from. And I know that if anything were to change, someone would look out for us and make sure we had the same experience as the child we sponsored this holiday season.

Eventually, my baby will be picking out the gifts. I hope that when he has his own family, he will continue the tradition or start his own.

Baby’s first Christmas is already a little extra special, and Santa hasn’t even visited him yet. And we won’t forget to leave out the milk and cookies Christmas Eve - and maybe a spare face mask.

(You can reach Stephanie at stephanie.bulletin@gmail.com. Or by writing to: The Bulletin, P.O. Box 2426, Angleton, TX. 77516)