The Best Christmas Gift
By Nikki Willhite
I have to admit, when I watch television, I rarely watch
commercials. I developed this talent when I was in college and had some
extremely boring professors. I learned to let my mind go elsewhere, while
appearing to be attentively listening to what they were saying.
If you were to watch me while I was watching television, you
would catch me doing the same thing. During commercials I start thinking of
other things, and usually donít hear a word. This amazes my husband, who canít
seem to grasp how I do it.
Recently, however, a commercial got my attention. It affected me
emotionally, and reminded me of one of the best things about Christmas.
You have probably seen this commercial. I donít watch much
television, so if Iíve seen it, it must run a lot. It is a commercial for a
major retail store. Here is how it goes.
A young lady is talking on the phone to her family right before
Christmas. She is obviously living away from her family and missing them. She is
sad that she wonít be with them for the holidays.
I believe she is talking to her mother, who asks her if she has
received the presents that were sent to her.
The young lady responds that she hasnít, and the mother
expresses concern that they should have arrived by now. She suggests that she
check her doorstep.
At this point, the young lady opens her front door, and there is
her family on her doorstep, come to celebrate the Christmas season with her.
This is where I get emotionally affected. What a surprise! This
never happened to me, but can imagine how wonderful it would be.
After this point, the commercial becomes meaningless. There is
an attempt to show the joy of sharing of presents, but it falls flat! The best
gift has already been given.
So once again I am reminded that the best Christmas gifts are
not the ones you buy in the store. Money canít buy them. They are gifts of love,
family, time spent together, and a child born in a manger, many years ago,
These are the BEST Christmas gifts