Christmas is time of joy and wonder for children and adults alike. The lights, the colours and the happy celebration of the birth of a special child fill our hearts with warmth and compassion.
This year as we prepared to welcome the season and decorate the Child Care Centre we were approached by the grandparent of one of our children. She wondered if she could share a special gift for the children this year. For many years her mother in-law had collected and lovingly displayed a tiny Christmas village in her very tiny living room. Since her passing the village had been kept packed and stored and this year her daughter-in-law lovingly set-it up for our families to enjoy.
The village was set up at the children’s level with the intent that it could be an interactive display. The children were trusted to move the tiny porcelain pieces around the display. We would often find Santa on the roof top of a tiny house, the picket fences moved from home to home or a tiny sled in a tree. The children were trusted with something delicate and in turn treated it with great respect without having to be reminded to “be careful”.
When Grandma returned to pack the village up again all the pieces were there and intact. The family had been able have the gift of knowing their loved one’s passion had been shared with others. All the children, including the great grandson of the lady who had so lovingly set up the display in her home year after year for her family, had been able to experience the opportunity to be trusted to interact successfully with something beautiful and delicate. Grandma shared with us that her mother-in-law would be smiling down on this. This was a special gift of joy which really celebrated the warmth of the Christmas season and the sharing of love through the generations.