What Christian did not celebrate Christmas?

LaTrossica Wilson | Contributor

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JANUARY, 2017

My Thoughts

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For the last past three years our home has set empty without Christmas decorations or a Christmas tree. Some may think that its cold hearted not to allow children to open gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.

We’ve had family members to even call us selfish because as children we all opened gifts under the tree at Christmas. When my husband and I got married we vowed that our children would learn the importance of serving others than always having their hands out for something. Every year for three years now, we have asked our children what they wanted for Christmas and each year the list got smaller and smaller.

LaTrossica Wilson is the Executive Director of A World of Miracles a non-profit organization offering to tutor for ages pre k-12th grade including special needs.

This year all our 16yr old wanted was a new cell phone so that she could make better videos in efforts to become an actress and better artist. Our 9yr old only wanted a sports watch so that he could set the timer on it for any reason he chooses. This helped our new family tradition a lot because why put up a tree for 1 or 2 gifts each year. We taught our children over the years how to give back to others less fortunate than us and we’ve also exposed them to the lives of those who don’t have family support like they do. With these exposures, our children made a decision that every year they would rather give than receive, although we still surprise them with something.

As parents we are amazed that our children feel this way. We purchase gifts all year long for our children, they appreciate what they have and understand the importance of giving back. We all agreed that this year just like the last few years, we would give all of our old clothes to those in need. However, we felt that others should be a part of giving back as well. Once we mentioned the idea to a few people that we knew they were on board too.

The only problems that occurred is when my daughter attended school one day and some students asked what she was going to do for Christmas; as she begin to share that she no longer celebrate Christmas the traditional way, she was talked about and told that she must not be a Christian because what Christian did not celebrate Christmas. This was a little discouraging for our daughter for a moment because being a teen she didn’t want her peers talking about her in a negative way. Soon after she regained her focus and remembered that she had made a decision and it was from the heart, no matter what others thought, she had made up in her mind that she will give more than receive every chance she could.

The only problems that occurred is when my daughter attended school one day and some students asked what she was going to do for Christmas; as she begin to share that she no longer celebrate Christmas the traditional way, she was talked about and told that she must not be a Christian because what Christian did not celebrate Christmas.

Now, our 9yr old son, on the other hand, had a different story. He went to school one day leading up to the holiday and his music teacher asked the students who didn’t celebrate Christmas because she didn’t want them to have to participate in the program if they didn’t want to. Our son said that he told his teacher that he wanted to opt out of the program because he didn’t celebrate Christmas the traditional way. This was so funny to me and my husband because our children are making up their own minds in how they truly celebrate this particular holiday.

Christmas was only a week away and I decided to do something educational and fun through my non-profit organization- A World of Miracles Educational Program. I contacted the parents of some of the student that I tutor and asked if they would like to join my family in a gift wrapping party for the needy. They were all on board! Our home was filled with about thirteen children and a few parents. They came over and enjoyed food, music, games, wrapped gifts for the needy, and an educational experience of a lifetime. It’s better to give than Receive.

LaTrossica Wilson

LaTrossica Wilson

Executive Director | A World of Miracles

Author of the book Turning Pain into Power entailing the story of a teen who escapes sexual abuse by her father. Executive Director of A World of Miracles a non-profit organization offering tutoring for ages pre k-12th grade including special needs. She’s the founder of the movement No More Silence Memphis where her team offers education and support for families who have been faced with incest rape and sexual abuse.

We collected gently used clothes, shoes, purses, hats, belts, socks, and blankets valuing over $3,000 to give back to those in need. We even received food vouchers from Nucor Steel of Memphis and Honey Baked Ham Co. to help us feed families. We joined a local shelter to feed and worship with the homeless as well. This was not your traditional Christmas at all! But we thank God for children who understand what it means to truly have a good heart and not always looking to receive from another. We vow to never have a traditional Christmas in our home but we don’t knock those that do. God bless everyone this holiday season with love from the Wilson family.

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