My Favorite Christmas Gift
When I was maybe ten years old, my mom asked my dad to build dollhouses for me and my two younger sisters. He collected scrap lumber, carpet samples, strips of wallpaper, paint, and tiny furniture pieces. After working all day, then waiting for his daughters to go to bed, he stayed up late into the night in the garage, constructing a two-story house with five rooms, glued to a board that was painted green and had little trees in the wooden yard.
The night before Christmas Eve, the dollhouse was finished. And my mom asked, “Where are the other two?”
“You have three daughters, Wayne. You can’t expect them to all share one dollhouse.”
After a last-minute shopping trip, he stayed up all night and built two more houses—identical in size, shape, and floor plan, but each with different wallpaper and paint and furnishings. When my sisters and I woke up on Christmas morning to three beautiful dollhouses, mine was the only one we could play with right away because the paint hadn’t yet dried on the other two!
I still have a picture of those houses, with me and my sisters sitting behind them, grinning from ear to ear. It reminds me that the best gifts are those that come from the heart … when we willingly sacrifice our time, efforts, and talents for those we love. After all, isn’t that what Christ did for us?
Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She is a full-time freelance editor/writing mentor and teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She is the founder and director of the Christian Editor Connection and The Christian PEN.