Have you ever seen the scene from the Little House on the Prairie tv show about a Christmas on Plum Creek? The look on the girls faces is precious when they see their candy and their new cups but the look on Ma's face almost made me cry when she received her sweet potatoes.
Can you imagine getting that as a gift? A few sweet potatoes, and being so excited to have them? I know this is only a television portrayal of what actually happened so I'll quote from the books,
"She looked up again when Ma gasped. And Mr. Edwards was taking sweet potatoes out of his pockets. He said they had helped to balance the package on his head when he swam across the creek. He thought Pa and Ma might like them with the Christmas turkey. There were 9 sweet potatoes. Mr. Edwards had brought them all the way from town, too. It was just too much. Pa said so, "It's too much, Edwards, " he said. They never could thank him enough." ~ Little House on the Prairie
I also really love this part of the book when the girls were looking in their stockings,
" Ma asked if they were sure the stockings were empty. They put their arms down inside them to make sure. And in the very toe of each stocking was a shining bright, new penny! They had never even thought of such a thing as having a penny. Think of having a cup and a cake and a stick of candy and a penny. There had never been such a Christmas." ~ Little House on the Prairie
All I'm saying is that even though we may not always be able to give our families everything they might want for Christmas, we have to try and appreciate what we have and what we do get. I like when I find little reminders like this video and these quotes to remind me that it's not the volume of what I can give, it's what it means to the receiver as well. To quote the cliche phrase, "It's the thought that counts." And I really think it is, and those that you give your homemade and well thought out gifts too will think so too:)
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