by Fr Duncan McVicar on 12/12/2011 -
It is the day before Christmas nineteen forty-nine. A young father had just discovered that his five-year-old daughter had wasted an entire roll of rather expensive gold wrapping paper. His daughter had crudely wrapped the paper around a small cardboard box that she had placed behind the family’s modest little Christmas tree. Money was very tight at the time and that made the matter seem even worse. The father called the little girl into the room and began to scold her for having wasted the paper on the box. The little girl entered the room and began slowly approaching her father who was standing there holding the small crudely wrapped box. Her father began his verbal reprimand as he watched his daughter run to him. As the father continued with his scolding the little girl quickly approached and placed her tiny hands on the box her father was holding. Then the little girl tenderly said, “This is for you, daddy!” The father’s anger was quickly defused, and the matter was dropped as the box was placed back beneath the Christmas tree. However, on Christmas Day the father’s anger flared again when he opened the box and found it was empty. He again spoke to his daughter in a harsh manner saying, “Don’t you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there’s supposed to be something inside the package?” The little girl had tears in her eyes as she looked upwards at her father. Then the little girl said, “Oh, daddy, it’s not empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full.” The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his little girl, and he begged his daughter’s forgiveness for his outburst of anger and for his thoughtlessness. The father always kept that little box beside his bed afterwards. When times were hard or difficult, he would often remember the box full of kisses and could recognize a feeling of deep comfort and love. Often he would look at that small crudely wrapped golden box and again hear the same precious words that his daughter had spoken to him on that Christmas day. “This is for you, daddy!” Indeed, this was a very special Christmas gift. Very soon, each one of us will receive a special Christmas Gift – the Saviour of the world!
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