Saturday, December 6, 2008

Perfect Start To Christmas!

From Enrichment

We just had our Relief Society Party! It couldn't have been better. It really set the mood and I think this is going to be a wonderful season. Instead of a dinner and program we had a 'Giving Tree'. For the last few weeks sisters pulled off paper ornaments with information about a child to buy a gift for. We also got gift cards for the mothers. We decided to spend the night at the St. Claires shelter for battered and abused women and children. So off we went, with our wrapped presents, a fabulous pot luck dinner and a little trepidation in our hearts.

We were jammed into the center, it was crowded and hectic, but just perfect for breaking the ice and getting to know each other. The dinner was great, we sang carols and had a story. Then, the best part of the night. Santa! Guess Who? Do you know a chubby old man who is thinning on the top? You guessed it! He was absolutely amazing, probably the best Santa I have ever seen. Even though he had to wipe his eyes a few times.

The first thing he did was ask them if they knew Rudolph and sang it with them, complete with the trailers (like Pinocchio). They all sang their little hearts out. One by one they came and sat on Santa's lap and had their picture taken. One little girl said, "Is your nose really red like a cherry?" Santa said, "Well, what do you think?" She said with tremendous excitement, "Oh, It is! It is!" Each was so precious, so grateful, so full of hope. When you realize these children have never had a positive experience with a man, it made it even more special. One little girl followed Santa out of the building, I told her she had to stay inside and she informed me she wanted to watch him fly away.

I thought of the Savior's words, "Behold Your Little Ones" and "Let The Little Children Come Unto Me." I recognized and felt the spirit bear testimony how precious these children are to Him. He is aware of them and he loves them. It was a very overpowering experience.


7 comments:

The Northwest Bunch said...

What a great experience. There is nothing better than doing for others during this time of year. It also makes us aware of all the blessing we have. Happy Holidays!! We love you!!!

Mike, Suzann and Family said...

Sounds like an amazing evening! I was on the phone with Mike while reading it. I was "listening" to him rant and rave about something going on at work. He was really frustrated about something. I made him stop and I read him this blog. It INSTANTLY changed his mood. You could feel the spirit just listening to this story. Thanks so much for telling it. BEST Santa ever!

Mike, Suzann and Family said...

I love the old goat

Nutsonurse said...

Sounds like a great evening. I listen to so many people talk about their parents and how "let down" they were by them. Aren't I a lucky gal to always have parents I am proud of?

Lynda said...

What a wonderful story. It really brings home the spirit we should all have at this time of year.
I love the President of the Relief Society and the best Santa Ever... the pictures with the babies just remind me of so many years...
Thank you... you also gave me a wonderful memory to cherish!
xxoo

Kricket said...

That was so fun. I especially enjoyed the part where you yelled "Jim" at Santa. I laughed so hard. Nobody seemed to notice but us. :P

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