Happiness wrapped anew for Christmas

The Salvation Army collecting toys for Christmas.
The Salvation Army collecting toys for Christmas.


We buy gifts.

We exchange gifts.

Gifts let people know we care.

With that in mind, let me tell you want I want for Christmas.

I don’t know all of you.

Chances are, we’ll never meet.

But I feel as though I have a worldwide community of friends out there, people whose names I know, whose writing I appreciate, whose books I have read, whose tweets I have re-tweeted, whose blogs and serials I have published.

We are family.

We’re not connected by blood.

We are connected by words.

So I don’t mind asking you to give me a gift this Christmas.

Here is what I want.

I have watched a lot of Christmases come and go, and I have seen Christmas in the eyes of a child.



A twinkle.

A smile.

A heart full of love.

And I have seen disappointment in the eyes of a child.




A frown.

A heart full of hurt.

I hurt when a child hurts.

So do you.

So do we all.

Marines collecting toys from children for children.
Marines collecting toys from children for children.

For Christmas this year, the only gift I want is for you to drop by your favorite store and buy a toy, any toy, large or small, expensive or on sale, and take it down to Toys for Tots.

The Marines collect them.

Firemen collect them.

So does the Salvation Army, as well as many other charitable organizations throughout the country. Each community, each part of the world, has its own version of Toys for Tots, but their aim is all the same.

Somewhere a child is waiting.

And you can put Christmas in the eyes of the child.

You’ll feel better.

I’ll feel better.

And a child feels the spirit of Christmas.

It lasts a long time.

For the gift you give this Christmas, I thank you.

I have already given a Christmas gift for you.

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  • Don Newbury

    Every push like this to share with others is a shove in the right direction!. Blessings.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Thanks, Don. Christmas is the smile on a child’s face. If we can make that happen, it’s been a wonderful holiday.

  • Roger Summers

    Yes! The more you give to others, the more you will fully know the meaning and joy and, yes, the magic of Christmas. It’s the same at all other times of the year, too. Funny how that works.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Unfortunately, Roger, we get busy and overlook those things when mean most to use and to those around us. Have a wonderful holiday. As Sue said above, I’ll add another toy in your honor.

  • Consider it done. I do it anyway. But for you, Caleb, I’ll buy two toys.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Christmas is never Christmas, Sue, if we don’t put as many smiles as we can on the faces of children we’ll never meet.

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