A Note from Mrs. Preston
Dear Parents and Friends of St.Peter’s School,
It was a rather presumptuous Christmas gift, but at the time I thought it was brilliant. I was in college and had purchased 4 tickets to the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, despite the fact that we lived in Washington, DC. Upon opening the cleverly wrapped gift on Christmas morning, my mother and sister were thrilled. My father, however, was a bit bewildered. He was anticipating that these gifts of mine were going to cost him a bit more from an already stretched Christmas budget! After all, someone was going to have to pay for the train ride to New York and a hotel room. My father was a dear, patient man who would never make someone else feel bad (or crazy) for a decision made with the best intentions. So while one of my 4 brothers grumbled, “Man, next year I’m getting Dad tickets to a Miami Dolphins game!” Dad simply smiled as my mother exclaimed that she thought it was a wonderful idea.
I share this story because I still consider this as one of my best Christmas gifts ever received. I cherish the memory of this trip to New York with my parents and sister. It taught me that experiences, whether brief and simple or unexpected and extravagant, are truly the very best gifts when done with love.
I encourage you to keep this in mind during this season of Advent as we prepare for the arrival of the Christ child. Visiting a friend or loved one in a Nursing Home, making cookies for a neighbor, reading the story of Jesus’ birth as a family, these are experiences that are far more valuable than anything purchased in a store. And I can assure you that this time with your child will be remembered.
As it turns out, that was my mother’s last ‘healthy’ Christmas, as she battled lung cancer. The following Christmas she spent in the hospital and within two years she had died at the age of 51.
There is no greater gift bestowed on us by God than the gift of life. That is the beautiful message of Christmas. God gave us His only son, so that we can have eternal life. At St.Peter’s we will keep God’s love at the forefront of the Christmas preparations.
Wishing you and your family a season filled with peaceful moments and cherished memories.