The Gift of Surprise

Photo Cecilio Padilla 2009 © (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Now that the spirit of the holidays are pretty much long gone, I decided to write about some traditional or classic holiday figures, along with others that got us excited as kids. Santa Claus is probably the most iconic holiday character, who children look forward to getting presents from during the month of December. He rides around in his sleigh on Christmas Eve night, pulled by his flying reindeer, stopping at each house to give presents to good girls and boys, and coal to the naughty ones. The Easter Bunny is another
cherished character who hops around during the Easter Season, and is known for leaving kids little treats on Easter morning. There are also myths told about the mischievous Leprechaun that supposedly has a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The tooth fairy is another figure well-loved by the youth, for leaving money, a note, and sometimes even a treat under their pillow, in exchange for their lost baby teeth. I believe these characters were introduced to us at young ages, not only for the purpose of getting our spirits up, but also to teach us the importance of giving. The humbling feeling that comes with making someone else feel appreciated never fails to display itself, after one has done a good deed for someone else. Another thing that all these figures have in common is that they are meant to represent the element of surprise during their gift giving, because they are not supposed to be seen on the job. This aspect of their job can be explained by saying that they give without expecting anything back. The satisfaction and warmth that comes from giving someone something is actually a two-way route, because the recipient feels loved, but the giver often times feels fuller inside because they were able to add a little sparkle into someone else’s day.

Photo Christophe Maclaren 2014 © (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)



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