This past Saturday, my family and I were able to visit the elderly at the Town and Country Manor. It is a nursing home located in Santa Ana. My husband and I felt strongly that it was important for us to show our children that Christmas is not just about getting presents and taking a break from school, but that it is a time where we can reflect on the blessings that we have been given all year and we can try to share some of those blessings with those less fortunate.
We were not sure what to expect upon arrival, but we quickly found ourselves in a room full of wheelchairs and smiles. We had a time of singing carols together with the elderly living there, and then our church's kids musical cast shared a couple of special songs. This was followed by some of the ladies from the Korean congregation who played auto-harps for the audience. We were able to share a small gift from our church to all those in attendance, and even walked around passing out the gifts to those who were unable to attend in person. It was very touching to see the joy in the faces of the people we met, and there were definitely moments that we will remember, such as when one of the elderly ladies hugged and kissed our oldest son.
Our hope and prayer is that our short visit brought some Christmas cheer to the people we met, and that our sons will remember that this season is more about looking outside of ourselves rather than looking forward to what they will receive. We have already received the biggest gift in our lives, Jesus Christ, and in return, I believe sharing the joy and love of God should be our purpose, especially celebrating the birthday of the Son of God.