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9 Uplifting Memories of Christmas Gifts to Make You Smile

It may seem early, but we couldn’t resist sharing these moving Christmas memories from kids.


Christmas memories

What was your favourite Christmas present? To children in Compassion's programme, Christmas presents are so much more than an expected event. They are a rare treat, something to be treasured for years to come.

Thanks to generous donors to the Compassion Christmas Appeal, every Compassion-supported child got a Christmas present last year. Be inspired today as children throughout the world share their memories of their most loved Christmas gift.

Christmas gift Thailand blanket

 

What is Sirinard’s favourite Christmas gift? “My blanket. I got it for a Christmas gift that I like the most. I don’t want to share with my brother. It’s my favourite colour and so soft. I will keep it forever.”

Christmas in Brazil

 

“I love my doll…I have amazing memories of playing with her and my friends. I'll keep it with me until I get older. I'm deeply grateful. It's not just a present it's an act of love," says Ana Luiza in Brazil.  

 

Christmas in Tanzania

In Tanzania, Methusela remembers, “Before I joined [the Compassion Programme], celebrating Christmas was hard because there were things that I did not get.

"As a child when you see other children well-dressed on Christmas and eating good food while you have not had any of those, you lack peace and even if it is a day to celebrate, you cannot really celebrate. But when I joined the programme [and was found a sponsor], I felt valued, loved through the gifts that I received and good food I ate.

“The best Christmas memory I remember is a year we all received clothes that looked alike. That made me feel like all of us were the same family. That really made me happy.”

Christmas celebrations in Brazil

Geovane, Jean, and Geova live in a small house with their parents and three other siblings. 11-year-old Geovane shares,

"I love my new school bag. Before, we had nothing to carry our stuff. Now we have. Our family is big and we never could buy anything like we have now. I'm really grateful, not just for the present but because I can feel God's love through all these things and remember He uses different people to show His love."

Give a Christmas gift to a child like Geovane

Christmas gift in Thailand

Chanaporn from Thailand can’t choose between her two favourite gifts. “This is a tent that I got as a Christmas gift three years ago and I still use it. I like it so much. I like to sleep in a tent and I like the colour. I always use it when I go on school camping trips in another village. I want to keep it forever.

"My favourite memory of Christmas was when I got a box for my Christmas gift. I requested and I got it. I put all my clothes in there. No one in my family has a box but I have. I was so happy.”

Christmas memories in Tanzania

In sunny Tanzania, Delvin loves Christmas! “Receiving gifts shows that someone loves and treasures me because before when I could not get gifts I felt unwanted in the community. When I looked at other children and saw how good they looked in their new clothes I felt left out. But now I receive Christmas gifts and I know I am loved just like the other children.

“My best Christmas memory was back in 2008 when I was in class four. During Christmas, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour and he was born inside my heart. Since then I enjoy every Christmas.”

Christmas doll present in Brazil

Adelina and Ivan are siblings from Brazil whose daily life is a constant struggle. Last year, they received their very first Christmas present.


I'm so happy because I received a beautiful doll. It's the only one I have and it's so special that I take her everywhere I go. I'm so grateful that now I can play among other girls with my own pretty doll. Now every time I look at my doll I remember about Christmas and what it really means. Before, my Christmas had no real significance, but now I know why Jesus came. It's our greatest gift.


Christmas present in Thailand

Sawika lives on top of a hill with her sister in a remote village in Thailand. The temperature becomes extremely chilly during the winter, leading to Sawika’s desire for a Christmas gift.

“I got this sleeping bag for Christmas four years ago. I had been wanting this sleeping bag for a long time and one day I hoped I could have it. It was too expensive and we couldn’t buy it. I wanted it for a Christmas gift so I requested it. I love it so much because in the winter it’s so cold here at my house and I really love to sleep inside this sleeping bag. It’s fun and warm. I really love it so much.”

We’re excited to bless every single child in our programmes this year with a joyful Christmas celebration where kids can eat a delicious festive meal, receive a gift hand-picked just for them and celebrate the birth of Christ. Your donation will help us give these children, including your sponsored child, a Christmas memory to treasure for years to come.

Join us by donating to the Compassion Christmas Appeal and make Christmas extra special for a child in poverty.

Bless a child in need this Christmas

 

 

 

A version of this blog was originally published in 2015.



WORDS : Roz Walsh

PHOTOS : Compassion International


 

Article Comments

Advent Calender

Thank you so much for the daily stories in the Advent Calender. They are so inspiring to read and thank you for you blog with the lovely photographs of some of the Compassion Christmas parties. So wonderful to see the children's beautiful smiles. May God bless them richly and you too at Compassion for all you do to alleviate poverty and suffering for the children. Jeannie.
22 December 2017 |  Author : Jeannie Hampton

Joy

I've been listening to Chris Tomlin's "Joy to the world (Unspeakable Joy)' - that's what I experience when I see these pictures. Thanks for sharing.
20 December 2017 |  Author : Michael E

Such a Joy

It really is such a joy to see the happiness on the faces of the children. Thank you to all Compassion staff for all you do whether at home or in all these poverty stricken areas of the world. God willing 2018 will be a blessing to all.
16 December 2017 |  Author : Penny Bourne

No Subject

Hi June, Thanks so much for your kind comment - I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. We have a trip to Ghana in June with spaces available- see our latest news post, but afraid no plans for the Dominican Republic and our trip to Rwanda in February is full. Our Compassion Volunteer team would be happy to help if you'd like to be updated about any future trips. Let me know if I can help any further. God bless, Becca
25 December 2016 |  Author : Compassion UK

Christmas

Thank the Lord for Compassion!
31 December 2015 |  Author : Chris Terry

Christmas Advent Calender

I have been truly inspired by hearing the stories of children from all around the world in Compassion Projects. My own sponsored child lives in Uganda and I look forward to her letters so much. I thank God for all the work Compassion does around the world and wish you more joys to come in 2016.
30 December 2015 |  Author : June Wilson

Feedback

Blessed to bless other. It is in giving that we receive, Christmas reminds us of this. The picture and stories are encouraging feedback. Thanks for sharing and keel up the good hard work.
29 December 2015 |  Author : Iota Phillips-Callender

Thank you to all Comapssion Staff

Many thanks to all Compassion staff for your tireless work throughout the year and enabling us to help by giving a little of what we have. It is so humbling to see these children. Thank you God and we pray for the continued success and growth of the Compassion projects. God bless you all.
29 December 2015 |  Author : Alison

Rejoicing with you!

We love because God first loved us! Thank you for sharing the wonderful stories and pictures of you Projects; Families; wonderful children and young adults who all love The Lord Jesus! I feel so privileged to be. Small part of it! Blessings to you all!
28 December 2015 |  Author : May stead

I really have to Thank God for connecting me with wonderful children of the world

The children words comforts me and often bring tears in my eyes. Their community messages gives me the courage to hope to do more in future. I am strengthens more in the Lord to reach out . Seasons greetings and wishing you all a happy New Year. Thank you all and God bless.
28 December 2015 |  Author : Grace Dicarlo

children

so lovely to see children playing and enjoying themselves even when they have little to play with ,and their delight at being part of the project .
27 December 2015 |  Author : maggie

Gratitude

Bless them...it's lovely to see them so happy.
27 December 2015 |  Author : Vlasta

Compassion Christmas

What a great work you do in the name of Jesus. Thanks for the photos that give us so much pleasure!!
27 December 2015 |  Author : Clare

Christmas celebrations

I absolutely LOVE seeing the pitures and hearing the stories of everything that goes on at the projects. Especially at Christmas, when I and I'm sure so many others have taken the time to send cards and little gifts and sent money to buy presents and help create these Christmas parties, it is really heartening to see the results!
26 December 2015 |  Author : Cathy Owen

Christmas pictures

It's warmed my heart to see these children made happy by Christmas gifts and fun. God bless them all and peace, joy and hope to the Compassion staff.
26 December 2015 |  Author : Gillian King

Christmas

O thank you Jesus
26 December 2015 |  Author : Jo

Joy

It's very humbling to see those lovely pictures know that all these children have such joy and appreciate the smallest of gifts, especially when we have so much. It's a wonderful blessing to be part of the work of Compassion.
26 December 2015 |  Author : Marilyn Marshall

Christmas with Compassion

Love, love, love these pictures. Happy smiling faces full of the joys of recieving a gift and giving thanks to our Dear Father. Thank you to Compassion also for making this happen. May God continue to Bless all the people who work for Compassion in the UK, and all around the world. Merry Christmas Compassion.
26 December 2015 |  Author : Lorraine Rose

Christmas pictures

Lifted my spirits to see these lovely pictures & to know I am helping as Christmas in UK can be so going thro the motions.
25 December 2015 |  Author : Julie C

Christmas Photographs

How amazing. How I would love to have been there with the children!!! Do you have any Mission Trips available in 2016 as longstanding Sponsors with Compassion? Juan in Dominican Republic and before him Babu in Rwanda.
25 December 2015 |  Author : June Dolphin

Christmas

I feel so honoured to be able to sponsor my little one. God's provided me with so much grace ,love and compassion I want to share it with others. Thank you God. A very blessed Christmas to all.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Irene Ramsahye

The Compassion Advent calendar

It is good to see how Compassion is helping so many children around the world. Sponsors are giving children and their families opportunities which turn their lives around. I sponsor a girl in Ruanda.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Margaret Stratton

Greatest gift is Love

I feel humbled to know that I have helped, in some small way, to bring the joy of love into the lives of children around the world. My sponsored children live in Ghana & Bolivia but I get such a sense of 'family' to see the joy in the faces of children around the world. Thank you Compassion UK for being the avenue that allows us to share the gift of love.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Brenda

Compassion photos

What heartwarming photos--so grateful to Our wonderful Lord that we are able to bless these children.Thankyou for showing us such encouraging pictures,and thankyou for all that you are doing.
24 December 2015 |  Author : richard lawrence

Christmas with Compassion

Thank you so much for the insightful articles and beautiful stories over advent. Lovely pictures and messages. Praise the Lord for Compassion and the work that it does. God bless you all this Christmas time.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Diana Ray-Mathur

Christmas

So lovely to see the children's happy faces. This is what Christmas is all about !
24 December 2015 |  Author : Jan Spurling

christmas

Happy Christmas and Gods blessing as you serve him in 2016 Christian love Geoff and Cheryl nichols
24 December 2015 |  Author : geoff

Christmas with Compassion

How lovely to see the children having fun and receiving their gifts.Happy Christmas to all at Compassion who work so hard to make it happen. God bless youall. Margaret .
24 December 2015 |  Author : Margaret Payne

thank you

thank you for these pictures which remind me that Jesus is the centre of Christmas- we don't need snow, trees, tinsel, lights, turkey or Christmas Puddding (good as though all these things are) to celebrate. God gave us His son to be our saviour and we can give to say thank you to Him
24 December 2015 |  Author : Debra

Sponsorship

I visited my child in Honduras in September this year. Having seen and shared something of what she and her family deal with daily, I'm thrilled to bits to help make a Christmas a great experience, both for her and her family and also for the community.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Steven Ball

Christmas

It is so rewarding to be able to help a child.We get so much joy when we receive photo,s and letters.from Naydalim..it is lovely to see the faces of the children who have received Christmas gifts,how special they all are.Thank you for the work Compassion does.Godbless you all love in Christ.Sheila and Bill xx
24 December 2015 |  Author : Sheila and Bill Jinks

Christmas celebrations

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos, it is such a privilege to sponsor a child and know that you are making a difference to a child's life through the love of our saviour Jesus, thank you compassion and happy Christmas to you all xxxx
24 December 2015 |  Author : Adele

Thanks Compassion

Many thanks to all Compassion staff around the world, who over the last year have enabled us as sponsors to help others. Have a Great Xmas and a Blessed New Year.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Roy Speake

Thank you

What delightful pictures from around the world. Tears for a first present ever! - what a privilege to give when we have so much. Thank you Compassion.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Linda Currin

Christmas at Compassion projects

Lovely pictures from around the world! I thank God that Compassion enables us not just to give children a chance in life but to bring happiness into their lives!
23 December 2015 |  Author : Peter Hagenbuch
Article Comments

ARTICLE COMMENTS

Advent Calender

Thank you so much for the daily stories in the Advent Calender. They are so inspiring to read and thank you for you blog with the lovely photographs of some of the Compassion Christmas parties. So wonderful to see the children's beautiful smiles. May God bless them richly and you too at Compassion for all you do to alleviate poverty and suffering for the children. Jeannie.
22 December 2017 |  Author : Jeannie Hampton

Joy

I've been listening to Chris Tomlin's "Joy to the world (Unspeakable Joy)' - that's what I experience when I see these pictures. Thanks for sharing.
20 December 2017 |  Author : Michael E

Such a Joy

It really is such a joy to see the happiness on the faces of the children. Thank you to all Compassion staff for all you do whether at home or in all these poverty stricken areas of the world. God willing 2018 will be a blessing to all.
16 December 2017 |  Author : Penny Bourne

No Subject

Hi June, Thanks so much for your kind comment - I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. We have a trip to Ghana in June with spaces available- see our latest news post, but afraid no plans for the Dominican Republic and our trip to Rwanda in February is full. Our Compassion Volunteer team would be happy to help if you'd like to be updated about any future trips. Let me know if I can help any further. God bless, Becca
25 December 2016 |  Author : Compassion UK

Christmas

Thank the Lord for Compassion!
31 December 2015 |  Author : Chris Terry

Christmas Advent Calender

I have been truly inspired by hearing the stories of children from all around the world in Compassion Projects. My own sponsored child lives in Uganda and I look forward to her letters so much. I thank God for all the work Compassion does around the world and wish you more joys to come in 2016.
30 December 2015 |  Author : June Wilson

Feedback

Blessed to bless other. It is in giving that we receive, Christmas reminds us of this. The picture and stories are encouraging feedback. Thanks for sharing and keel up the good hard work.
29 December 2015 |  Author : Iota Phillips-Callender

Thank you to all Comapssion Staff

Many thanks to all Compassion staff for your tireless work throughout the year and enabling us to help by giving a little of what we have. It is so humbling to see these children. Thank you God and we pray for the continued success and growth of the Compassion projects. God bless you all.
29 December 2015 |  Author : Alison

Rejoicing with you!

We love because God first loved us! Thank you for sharing the wonderful stories and pictures of you Projects; Families; wonderful children and young adults who all love The Lord Jesus! I feel so privileged to be. Small part of it! Blessings to you all!
28 December 2015 |  Author : May stead

I really have to Thank God for connecting me with wonderful children of the world

The children words comforts me and often bring tears in my eyes. Their community messages gives me the courage to hope to do more in future. I am strengthens more in the Lord to reach out . Seasons greetings and wishing you all a happy New Year. Thank you all and God bless.
28 December 2015 |  Author : Grace Dicarlo

children

so lovely to see children playing and enjoying themselves even when they have little to play with ,and their delight at being part of the project .
27 December 2015 |  Author : maggie

Gratitude

Bless them...it's lovely to see them so happy.
27 December 2015 |  Author : Vlasta

Compassion Christmas

What a great work you do in the name of Jesus. Thanks for the photos that give us so much pleasure!!
27 December 2015 |  Author : Clare

Christmas celebrations

I absolutely LOVE seeing the pitures and hearing the stories of everything that goes on at the projects. Especially at Christmas, when I and I'm sure so many others have taken the time to send cards and little gifts and sent money to buy presents and help create these Christmas parties, it is really heartening to see the results!
26 December 2015 |  Author : Cathy Owen

Christmas pictures

It's warmed my heart to see these children made happy by Christmas gifts and fun. God bless them all and peace, joy and hope to the Compassion staff.
26 December 2015 |  Author : Gillian King

Christmas

O thank you Jesus
26 December 2015 |  Author : Jo

Joy

It's very humbling to see those lovely pictures know that all these children have such joy and appreciate the smallest of gifts, especially when we have so much. It's a wonderful blessing to be part of the work of Compassion.
26 December 2015 |  Author : Marilyn Marshall

Christmas with Compassion

Love, love, love these pictures. Happy smiling faces full of the joys of recieving a gift and giving thanks to our Dear Father. Thank you to Compassion also for making this happen. May God continue to Bless all the people who work for Compassion in the UK, and all around the world. Merry Christmas Compassion.
26 December 2015 |  Author : Lorraine Rose

Christmas pictures

Lifted my spirits to see these lovely pictures & to know I am helping as Christmas in UK can be so going thro the motions.
25 December 2015 |  Author : Julie C

Christmas Photographs

How amazing. How I would love to have been there with the children!!! Do you have any Mission Trips available in 2016 as longstanding Sponsors with Compassion? Juan in Dominican Republic and before him Babu in Rwanda.
25 December 2015 |  Author : June Dolphin

Christmas

I feel so honoured to be able to sponsor my little one. God's provided me with so much grace ,love and compassion I want to share it with others. Thank you God. A very blessed Christmas to all.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Irene Ramsahye

The Compassion Advent calendar

It is good to see how Compassion is helping so many children around the world. Sponsors are giving children and their families opportunities which turn their lives around. I sponsor a girl in Ruanda.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Margaret Stratton

Greatest gift is Love

I feel humbled to know that I have helped, in some small way, to bring the joy of love into the lives of children around the world. My sponsored children live in Ghana & Bolivia but I get such a sense of 'family' to see the joy in the faces of children around the world. Thank you Compassion UK for being the avenue that allows us to share the gift of love.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Brenda

Compassion photos

What heartwarming photos--so grateful to Our wonderful Lord that we are able to bless these children.Thankyou for showing us such encouraging pictures,and thankyou for all that you are doing.
24 December 2015 |  Author : richard lawrence

Christmas with Compassion

Thank you so much for the insightful articles and beautiful stories over advent. Lovely pictures and messages. Praise the Lord for Compassion and the work that it does. God bless you all this Christmas time.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Diana Ray-Mathur

Christmas

So lovely to see the children's happy faces. This is what Christmas is all about !
24 December 2015 |  Author : Jan Spurling

christmas

Happy Christmas and Gods blessing as you serve him in 2016 Christian love Geoff and Cheryl nichols
24 December 2015 |  Author : geoff

Christmas with Compassion

How lovely to see the children having fun and receiving their gifts.Happy Christmas to all at Compassion who work so hard to make it happen. God bless youall. Margaret .
24 December 2015 |  Author : Margaret Payne

thank you

thank you for these pictures which remind me that Jesus is the centre of Christmas- we don't need snow, trees, tinsel, lights, turkey or Christmas Puddding (good as though all these things are) to celebrate. God gave us His son to be our saviour and we can give to say thank you to Him
24 December 2015 |  Author : Debra

Sponsorship

I visited my child in Honduras in September this year. Having seen and shared something of what she and her family deal with daily, I'm thrilled to bits to help make a Christmas a great experience, both for her and her family and also for the community.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Steven Ball

Christmas

It is so rewarding to be able to help a child.We get so much joy when we receive photo,s and letters.from Naydalim..it is lovely to see the faces of the children who have received Christmas gifts,how special they all are.Thank you for the work Compassion does.Godbless you all love in Christ.Sheila and Bill xx
24 December 2015 |  Author : Sheila and Bill Jinks

Christmas celebrations

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos, it is such a privilege to sponsor a child and know that you are making a difference to a child's life through the love of our saviour Jesus, thank you compassion and happy Christmas to you all xxxx
24 December 2015 |  Author : Adele

Thanks Compassion

Many thanks to all Compassion staff around the world, who over the last year have enabled us as sponsors to help others. Have a Great Xmas and a Blessed New Year.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Roy Speake

Thank you

What delightful pictures from around the world. Tears for a first present ever! - what a privilege to give when we have so much. Thank you Compassion.
24 December 2015 |  Author : Linda Currin

Christmas at Compassion projects

Lovely pictures from around the world! I thank God that Compassion enables us not just to give children a chance in life but to bring happiness into their lives!
23 December 2015 |  Author : Peter Hagenbuch
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