Two little boys bring Christmas home

imageIt was quarter to five on the last Saturday before Christmas and it looked like the last customer had left the shop. We had enjoyed a lovely day at the Sweet Brier helping customers with their Christmas gift shopping and visiting with friends and neighbours from near and far. As we were getting ready to close for the day we heard the bell ring and the front door open. In walked two little boys looking a little shy and slightly overwhelmed by all he baubles and jewels. ‘We are shopping for our mom and dad,’ they said. They had $6.10 they had earned from carolling around the town.

Together we wandered through the store together to find just the right thing for their mom. Nothing too fancy,’ they said. We stopped at something sparkly. ‘Would she like this?’ I asked. Their eyes lit up … Both nodded in unison. Off to the cash we went. Ashley rang in their purchase on the antique cash register. That old register worked its magic and low and behold it offered enough change for the boys to buy their dad a gift at a store they had their eye on down the street. Colleen wrapped the special gift with care. ‘Can we add a card?’ asked the littlest brother. And then the gift was ready.

The boys beamed at the festive wrapping and curled ribbon. We wished them a Merry Christmas and as they were leaving the older brother noticed we were about to close. ‘I guess we got here just in time!’ he said. And off they went to finish their Christmas shopping.

We turned to look at each other – Ashley, Colleen and I – moved to silence. These two little brothers had reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas. May you find the magic in all those special moments throughout the holiday season! Merry Christmas from all of us at the Sweet Brier.