Christmas at the Ranches is a time of putting the child back in children, and of taking stock of bounty from loving hearts. It is also a time when children learn about Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. Christmas can help restore a child’s faith in a loving God.
Most of our children have unfortunately been deprived of the magic of Christmas. Even as we work to make it a different experience for them, two memories conspire to make this season a difficult time for abused children. The first is that Christmas was often the time when they received the worst abuse. The second is that, despite all that happened, there is an inevitable sadness about being away from their biological families at Christmas.
So we approach Christmas as a time to shower children with gifts, holiday food, and fun events in order to give them a whole new experience. The village becomes a beehive of activity, and children get a chance to feel the magic. Children make their lists, and Santa visits to talk with each one of them.
By Christmas Eve, obstacles have usually been overcome, and the magic inevitably fills the air. Indeed, it is the most magical time of the year – a time for making new memories with new friends and becoming part of a new tradition.
If this next holiday season you hear the call to brighten a child’s Christmas – to make a monetary donation to buy gifts, to be an elf in Santa’s workshop, or to support one of our Christmas activities, please call 830-367-2131 to find out how you can help. We start gathering wish lists and planning Christmas projects as early as October. So don’t hesitate to enquire and join the holiday team.