Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…
These are the words of one of my favorite poems for the Christmas/ Holiday season. I grew up in a time when Christmas was a magical season where children still believed in Santa Claus and imagined that Rudolf and the rest of his reindeer friends would fly through the sky and deliver toys and treats to the children of the world. “On Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer and Vixen; Comet and Cupid and Donner and Vixen.”
My family was not rich but my parents made every effort to make Christmas a special time for my three brothers, my two sisters and me…no easy feat in tough financial times…but when a family is full of love and caring the memories stay with us forever. My family always shared our bounty of homemade cookies and cocoa with marshmallows with every friend that we could find to bring home with us. The Zimmerman household was full of hugs and open arms and lots of friends from all walks of life.
I remember one year in particular when my dad had been sick and money was in very short supply my brothers went out on Christmas Eve and came back with a beautiful tree to decorate our home at the last minute…a tree to share with everyone when no one thought that we could afford to have a tree at all. Many years later we found out that my young brothers had not gone out to the woods to cut this beautiful tree but had actually gone to the municipal building in the county we lived in and cut a tree down from the front yard … oh my goodness… the family was shocked! But over time we have learned to laugh about that Christmas and the challenges that we faced. We have learned that many people do not have the resources to celebrate Christmas or Chanukah or Kwanza or any of the seasonal observances in the way that the storybooks tell the story.
More importantly, we have learned that we can help others who are less fortunate at this special time of the year. My family cares about others and is willing to make their lives better … You are my family too. You are all a part of the Kiwanis Family. The Kiwanis Family takes our time and treasure and shares it with others to make the world a better place. Thank you for all that you do every day. May your holiday be merry and bright… help others and make the world right. As our Kiwanis Family members in CKI say, “Live to Serve and Love to Serve”. Our Kiwanis Key Club’s motto is “Caring, Our Way of Life”.
If they can do it so can we…”ReMember, It’s All About the KIDS”