Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Perfect Christmas Gift

(SHHH Don't tell Andrea Roberts....)


You run around trying to find those perfect Christmas gifts for your kids, your grandkids, your husband, your wife, your niece or nephew.  What to get.  What to get.  You look in catalogues, browse the aisle in the stores.  Wonder. Wonder.  Think. Think.  Finally you figure out what they would like, what they need, what would be fun... buy them - wrap them up.  Place them under the tree.  You smile.  You can't wait for Christmas day.

But something is missing.  You just know it.  Something is missing that you should be giving them.  What??  They need an envelope.  An envelope in their Christmas stocking.  It could be red.  It could be green.  It could be a boring old white envelope. 
An envelope with a stamp on it. 
And an address.
This one:  Reece's Rainbow, PO Box 4024, Gaithersburg, MD 20885

Inside the envelope with the stamp and the address - some money.  Maybe a 1 or a 5, or a 10, or even a 20.  Maybe a 100.  Whatever.  A  bit of money in an envelope.  What's it for?  This Perfect Christmas Gift? What is that little bit of money for....

It is a chance on Christmas Day to stop - go to the computer - let your child, or grandchild, or niece or nephew, maybe your husband or wife, how about a neighbor or a friend - let them take their money - go to the Reece's Rainbow Angel Tree and let them pick a child - any child - or two - or three - and put that money in that child's account. 

You already sponsor a child??  That's okay.  Pick another child.  The more the merrier.  This is their Christmas gift pick.  Put the child they picked - put their name on a piece of paper and put it in the envelope.  Seal it.  Walk out to the mailbox on Christmas Day and stick it inside.  EASY.  A five minute gift.  But priceless.  Then - for just a few minutes, stop and pray.  As a family.  Pray for that child.  Those children.  Consider them.  Consider their world, their circumstance.  Pray that a family would come soon.  And... Maybe - maybe - maybe - it could be your family.  Maybe.


What a gift.  What a Perfect Christmas.  For just a few minutes - in the midst of the hustle and bustle of presents and festivities ON CHRISTMAS DAY - to let your children, your family, your friends - to let them be reminded of the Lonely - the Lost - the Fatherless.  To let them - for a moment have their hearts broken for the 'Least of These.'  1, 5, 10, 20, 100 dollars.  Just a bit of money.  But what a priceless gift.


And Maybe - just maybe - that little child or children that they picked will, next Christmas, be getting a bit of money in their own Christmas stocking.  So that they too can pick a child.... and pray...


Do it.  Give the Perfect Gift..

And... If you do it - If you participate in the "Perfect Christmas Gift".... Don't tell Andrea Roberts at Reece's Rainbow.... SHHH... Wouldn't it be fun to bless her socks off with a whole host of envelopes after Christmas???  Come on.  Do it!!  It costs little and yet it means so much!  I'm going to.  There will be an envelope in each of our stockings.  I can't wait.  If you want to join me just leave a comment and let me know!!   And yes - you are welcome to post this on your blogs and on Facebook. 


I'll try to keep Andrea distracted!


  1. What a GREAT idea Julia! And what a lovely tradition to start. A beautiful and easy way to introduce and re-enforce the spirit of giving for the little ones, and the reluctant ones too;)

  2. Best way to give a Christmas gift. And as Sara said, a great Christmas tradition to start.

  3. Oh my gosh. Love the idea and am so doing this with 4 stockings. Thank you for the most meaningful gift of my Christmas shopping.

  4. Perfect Christmas gift.....wonderful idea!!

  5. Love the idea!We will join in participating with you this year!

  6. What an awesome idea! My daughter loves to look at pictures of "kids that need homes" and pray.
    We'll be doing this for Christmas, and since you gave permission I'll be posting in my blog!!
    Merry Christmas!!

  7. I will be posting the link on my fb page & try to do it for christmas!

  8. LOVE the idea!
    I already got a few ornaments for Christmas gifts, but I think I'll jump on this one too :)

    Hopefully, many will- in fact, I can already see the Angel Tree grants exploding over Christmas ;-)

    You're such a great advocate for these children!

  9. Love it!! I posted to my facebook wall, too!

  10. Aww, I already sent my gift! I may just have to send another! :)


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