Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CHRISTmas Countdown 07: Gift -Giving & Monito Monita

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

The Christmas nativity showcased the three wise men bearing gifts to the baby Jesus - gold,myrrh and frankincense. Like the wise men of the East who spread gifts to Jesus Christ on His birth, we are the wise men of today who should also spread gifts to Jesus everyday but particularly on Christmas Day.

So how do we give gifts to Jesus Christ?

He said in Matthew 25:40
"And the King shall answer and say unto them,Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me".

In keeping with this tradition of giving to the less fortunate, our family has an annual caroling where we are the ones who give a little something (like box of cookies, basket of fruits, chocolates and pamphlets) to the families we visit. We started this tradition last December 2006 and have so far chosen our neighbors (not in need of any goodies but spiritual message), families outside the village chosen by each family member as a recipient, and last year new members of the LDS Church and two special families in need. It really feel good when we can share and give to those who have less in life.

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For the gift - giving within the family, we hold "Monito Monita" so that we do not need to buy gifts for everyone and yet carry on with the tradition of gift giving.

The Monito / Monita rule is simple. On December 1, we put all adults name in a box and on a separate box are the names of the kids. Adults and kids each draw a name from the respective box and whoever he/she gets will be his/her Monito/Monita and he/she has to buy a Christmas present for him/her based on the agreed amount. We cannot reveal our Monito/Monita's name- until the Christmas Eve dinner,the revelation day.

During our weekly Family Home Evening in December, we give our Monito/Monita a small gift that matches the category - like something sweet, etc. The weekly gift gives us a hint of who is our Monito/Monita but the funny thing is, our guess is still proven wrong during revelation day.

As part of our gift giving tradition, my god sons and god daughters are not to be missed. I get them something they can wear (provided I know their size haha).

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